TF1 Snags Rights to 'War of the Buttons'

French actress Mathilde Seigner has signed on to play the mother of the children, while casting for the other characters are ongoing.

PARIS -- TF1 International has fastened itself onto world rights to Yann Samuell’s upcoming film War of the Buttons, based on Louis Pergaud’s 1912 book, TF1 said on Wednesday.

Samuell will write and direct the story about a gang of young boys in the 1960s French countryside and the playful combats that turn violent.

The book was adapted into a 1962 French film directed by Yves Robert then a 1994 John Roberts movie.

The script remains loyal to the original story, but with a new female character added to spice things up.

French actress Mathilde Seigner will play the mother of one of the children, while other characters are still being cast.

TF1 International will unveil the project at the EFM in Berlin next month.