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Review: 'Amelie' Director Jean-Pierre Jeunet's Oppressively Whimsical 'T.S. Spivet' Starring Helena Bonham Carter

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • June 13, 2014 10:20 AM
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The Young & Prodigious Spivet
The last time Jean-Pierre Jeunet made a film in English, it didn't work out so well. Hot off cult hits "Delicatessen" and "The City Of Lost Children" (co-directed with Marc Caro), Jeunet was picked by 20th Century Fox to helm "Alien: Resurrection," the fourth film in one of the most important franchises. The result was the worst entry in the series, one admittedly hampered by studio interference, but also one that seemed to prove a uniquely poor match to Jeunet's particular skillset.

Helena Bonham-Carter And Kathy Bates Sign On To Jean-Pierre Jeunet's 'The Young And Prodigious Spivet'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • May 16, 2012 8:12 PM
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Given that he directed one of the most successful French films of all time, in the shape of 2001's still-delightful "Amelie," it's surprising that director Jean-Pierre Jeunet hasn't worked in Hollywood more. But then again, given that his only English-language picture to date was the woeful "Alien: Resurrection," perhaps it's not so surprising after all. Hollywood has come calling, of course: the director was courted to make films including "Life of Pi," "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix" and "Mirror Mirror," but he's generally preferred to march to the beat of his own drum, with two French-language pictures in the last decade, the underrated "A Very Long Engagement," and the slight, but enjoyable, "MicMacs."

Jean-Pierre Jeunet's Next Film To Be 3D, English Language Adaptation Of 'The Selected Works of T. S. Spivet'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 21, 2011 2:08 PM
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It has been a couple of years now since "Micmacs," the last film from "Amelie" director Jean-Pierre Jeunet, and as he generally takes a few years between pictures, now is about the time for the helmer to start gearing up make another. Over the summer it was revealed that the helmer had acquired the rights to two books for possible future projects: Reif Larsen's 2009 novel "The Selected Works Of T.S. Spivet" and Thomas H. Cook's crime tome "Red Leaves." It was assumed the former would go in front of cameras first, and indeed that is the case and few more details have arrived today about the project.

Jean-Pierre Jeunet May Return To English-Language Film With 'The Selected Works Of T.S. Spivet'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • June 29, 2011 1:34 AM
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'Amelie' Helmer Also Developing Drama 'Red Leaves'"Micmacs" may have been a minor disappointment from director Jean-Pierre Jeunet -- it's an enjoyable, but very slight piece of work -- but as the man behind "Delicatessen," "The City of Lost Children," "Amelie" and the under-rated "A Very Long Engagement," we're always excited to hear that the French helmer is working on something new. Never the most prolific of directors, word's been fairly quiet in the last two years, other than the director briefly being courted for the "Snow White" project now being made by Tarsem, but now news has come in that the director is developing two novel adaptations concurrently, at least one of which will see him work in the English language for the first time since 1997's misfire "Alien: Resurrection."

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