'Mist' opportunity for Tavernier


French helmer Bertrand Tavernier is crossing the Atlantic to direct his first English-language feature, "In the Electric Mist," starring Tommy Lee Jones, John Goodman, Peter Sarsgaard, Ned Beatty and Tom Sizemore, the producers said Monday.

Based on the best-selling novel by James Lee Burke, "In the Electric Mist with Confederate Dead," the film was written by Jerzy Kromolowski, Mary Olson-Kromolowski and Tommy Lee Jones and is produced by Michael Fitzgerald (Ithaca Pictures) and Frederic Bourboulon (Little Bear Prods.) in a co-production with TF1 International.

Set in New Iberia and New Orleans, the film follows a detective on the hunt for a serial killer who preys on young women, a glamorous Hollywood star and a local crime kingpin who are all involved in a bloody murder mystery.

Shooting began last week and will wrap June 26. Ithaca Pictures is handling film rights in the U.S. and English-speaking Canada, with TF1 International in charge of worldwide sales. TFM Distribution will release the movie in French theaters in 2008.