Press 05 NOV 2014

Fabrice du Welz to join American project

From the American Film Market, which is currently taking place in Santa Monica (California), we received news that Belgian filmmaker Fabrice du Welz will join the American project Message from the King, production of which is scheduled early next year.

Du Welz, whose latest film Alleluia will be released November 12 in Belgian theatres (O’Brother Distribution) and November 26 in France (Carlotta Distribution), will start production of his first American movie, Message from the King, early 2015.

Message from the King, produced by Simon and Stephen Cornwell’s (sons of John Le Carré) Ink Factory, is inspired by the crime films of the late sixties and seventies, such as Point Blank (John Boorman, 1967) or The French Connection (William Friedkin, 1971) and the scripts by Paul Schrader (Taxi Driver, Obsession…), films which are entertaining, taut and uncompromising, and which explore the darkness at the heart of their protagonists. Executive producer will be David Lancaster, known for his contribution to films such as Drive, Whiplash and Nightcrawler.

Lead actor will be Chadwick Boseman, a rising star on both sides of the Atlantic who made an impression with his James Brown performance in the biopic Get On Up and who will soon also feature as the first black super hero in the Marvel production of Black Panther.

Message From The King is a conflicted love letter to their adopted city, written by two outsiders in a strange land. Jacob King arrives in Los Angeles looking for his missing younger sister. He has $400 in his pocket and a return ticket home in seven days. Within twenty-four hours Jacob King knows his sister is dead. This is the story of what happens in the next six days.

Chadwick Boseman is expected to be joined by a number of other well-known names on the set early 2015.

From Los Angeles, where the preparations for the film are to start soon, Fabrice du Welz told us he is very excited with this new challenge, which will keep him pretty busy for nine months to come.

As a result the closing part of his Ardennes trilogy (following Calvaire and Alleluia, which happens to be premiered November 8 at the prestigious Los Angeles AFI Film Fest), will be put ‘on hold’ for a while.