Veber directs new comedy project


PARIS -- French director Francis Veber is back behind the camera with new comedy "A Pain in the Ass," starring Richard Berry and Patrick Timsit, producer TF1 International said Tuesday.

The film is based on the helmer's successful play, which ended its runs in France in 2007 and was first brought to the big screen in 1973 in the Edouard Molinaro film of the same name.

Veber's classic hero Francois Pignon is back in this story about an unlikely friendship that develops between a professional killer and a suicidal screw-up. TF1 is hoping for similar success both at home and abroad for Veber's follow-up to his crowd-pleasing films "The Closet," "The Dinner Game" and "The Valet."

"A Pain in the Ass" is co-produced by Patrice Ledoux's Pulsar Prods. and is set to begin shooting in March. TF1 International will handle worldwide sales and TFM Distribution will release the film in Gaul in December.