Tavernier and August doing Outsider films


French banner Outsider Prods. will give audiences an inside look at World War II -era Germany and 16th century France with two new projects from directors Bille August and Bertrand Tavernier, both set to start shooting next year.

The production powerhouse behind the 2005 boxoffice hit "Sky Fighters" — the French take on "Top Gun" — is back with a new slate of projects. August's "The Judge," based in Berlin in 1944, is co-produced by Ilann Girard's Arsam and will start shooting in the first quarter.

The €10 million-€15 million ($15 million-$23 million) English-language film is based on Vladimir Volkoff's novel "L'interrogatoire," and producers are seeking an Anglo-Saxon A-list cast. A two-time Palme d'Or winner, August most recently helmed "Goodbye Bafana."

Tavernier's "The Princess of Montpensier," co-produced by Paris-based Ocean Films and Paradis Films, also is set to start shooting in early 2009.(partialdiff)