Triple play for Lelord's 'Hector's Journey'

Series of films will be based on best-selling novels

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CANNES -- Berlin-based production house Egoli Tossell is joining with France's Bac Films and Warner Bros. Entertainment GmbH in Germany for a series of films based on the best-selling "Hector's Journey" novels by Francois Lelord.

The books follow Hector, a psychiatrist who travels the world in search of what it is that makes people happy.

"These will be the ultimate feel-good movies," Egoli Tossell president Jens Meurer said.

The first three "Hector" novels, soon to be published in English, are huge international best-sellers in Europe and Asia.

Egoli Tossell, Warners in Germany and Bac subsidiary Manny Films will co-produce the films, budgeted at €11 million ($14 million) apiece. Principle photography on the first entry, "Hector's Journey or the Search for Happiness" is set to begin in January, with shooting planned in China, Southeast Asia, South Africa, Germany and California.

Warners likely will release the films in German-speaking Europe through its current agreement with Egoli Tossell.

Maria von Heland, who penned the script to Egoli Tossell's "Hilde," has delivered a screenplay for the first "Hector." A director and cast are expected to be confirmed in the coming weeks.