A hero celebrated on paper and screen
A faithful but modern remake
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1/10/02: Vincent will star in the new film adaptation of the adventures of Fanfan la Tulipe. Gerard Philipe and Gina Lollobrigida toplined the 1952 picture, a French swashbuckler set in the 18th century under the reign of Louis XV. Luc Besson co-wrote the screenplay with Jean Comos and will also produce. The picture will be directed by Besson collaborator Gerard Krawczyk.
5/21/02: Penelope Cruz will play the mischievous and charming Adeline, who dupes Fanfan into joining the French army by predicting that, if he does, he will end up marrying one of the king's daughters. It's official filming schedule is from June 19 to mid-October.
Having practiced fencing for twenty years, Vincent, in the title role, will be able to show off his skills in the scenes of combat. Other cast members include Didier Bourdon as Louis XV, Helene De Fougerolles as Madame de Pompadour, and Michael Muller as Tranche de Montagne.
9/06/02: According to the French media, filming has been going on all summer in Areyron, often referred to as one of the most beautiful places in France. On Wednesday the cast and crew arrived in Onet-le-Château near Rodez where they will spend several days. The filmmakers are using the greatest discretion as they descend upon this small village.
11/10/02: Fanfan la Tulipe is now in post-production. Director Gerard Krawczyk promises an aesthetic look with natural settings. Vincent trained six hours a day in acrobatics, juggling and combat with the sword. This was all orchestrated by his fencing master, Michel Carliez, who also trained him for Le Bossu. Look for a premiere date of April 9, 2003.
la Tulipe will open this year's Festival de Cannes... The film will screen Out of
Competition at the 56th edition of Cannes, which runs May 14-25. Pierre-Ange Le Pogam,
co-founder and chief operating officer of EuropaCorp, said the first print of the film
arrived at EuropaCorp's Paris office Wednesday morning. "We screened the film for the
first time with the representatives of the film festival present. Over the course of a
three-hour lunch, we came to the decision that Fanfan la Tulipe would open the
festival," an emotional Le Pogam said. "We are nothing else but thrilled. We're
so proud of the film. It's delightful."