It looks like history-making, Cesar Award-winnng French actor Omar Sy is in the Harvey Weinstein business... or maybe it's the other way around... Harvey Weinstein is in the Omar Sy business.
The young actor's first post-Intouchables release, titled De l’autre côté du périph, or On The Other Side Of The Tracks, has been acquired by The Weinstein Company - specifically for North America, Latin America and China.
Already the toast of France, Sy, who relocated to LA, and signed with UTA this year, is ready to take on Hollywood, with Intouchables already released Stateside, and generally well-received (although I didn't care for it), and now, with his follow-up project, which I first alerted you back in December, also attracting USA distribution.
As a recap, On The Other Side Of The Tracks is another inter-racial buddy pairing for Sy, except, this time, instead of a wealthy white quadraplegic and a street-smart poor black man, On The Other Side Of The Tracks features Omar Sy playing 1 half of a starring duo of cops from opposite sides of the tracks (as the title says), who must come together to solve a murder.
The film's synopsis reads:
David Charhon’s On The Other Side of the Tracks stars Sy as a street-wise police cop based in a rough Parisian suburb who joins forces with an uptight officer from an elite, central Paris crime squad to solve the murder of a prominent businessman’s wife.
Starring opposite Omar Sy is Laurent Lafitte - a name I can't claim to be familiar with.
But shooting is complete with the film now scheduled to be released first in France on December 19th by Mars Distribution. Other territories to have picked up the film include Benelux (Victory), Italy (Medusa), Spain (Vertigo), Switzerland (Frenetic), Poland (Gutek), Hungary (MTVA), Greece (Village), Portugal (Pris), Turkey (Calinos), Germany (Senator) and Israel (Nachshon).
On The Other Side Of The Tracks is one of 3 projects that Monsieur Sy has in the works currently - Olivier Dahan’s The Dream Team (which will open in France on September 26), and Michel Gondry's Mood Indigo.
No word on when The Weinstein Company plans to release On The Other Side Of The Tracks.