Before becoming the feature film released last Wednesday with Romain Duris & Emma Mackey, “Eiffel” has passed through the hands of many directors and producers. Caroline Bongrand looks back on the long genesis of the film in the book “Eiffel et moi”.
It’s a long-term project that finally arrived on the big screen last Wednesday.
According to an original idea imagined by screenwriter and novelist Caroline Bongrand, Eiffel, a feature film directed by Martin Bourboulon, took more than 20 years to complete, and has passed into the hands of many directors, producers, actors and co-screenwriters. Why so long? Why so many twists and turns?
This is what Caroline Bongrand tells, step by step, in the book “Eiffel et moi”, released in parallel with the film, at the Sixième (s) editions by Amphora. She reveals many anecdotes, through the various twists and turns, unforeseen events and pitfalls that have punctuated the adventure of the film, from the original idea to its writing, to the shooting.
Caroline Bongrand thus unveils behind the scenes of the screenwriter’s profession and tells straightforwardly the difficulties that screenwriters may face in bringing a project to fruition.
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Among the many twists and turns told by Caroline Bongrand, we discover in particular that the project has passed into the hands of … Ridley Scott! Chance of the calendar, this anecdote finds a certain echo with the current events since Ridley Scott released his new feature film, The Last Duel, on the same day as Eiffel!
Why did Ridley Scott finally opt out of the film? Caroline Bongrand’s story explains that Ridley Scott’s principle is never to recover a project “having previously lived in one way or another”. Understand that the filmmaker and producer only covets projects that have never been offered to others before, which was not the case with Eiffel at the time when it was offered to him.
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Besides Ridley Scott, the film was coveted in particular by Luc Besson, Christophe Barratier, or Olivier Dahan … We also learn that the main roles could have been attributed to Vincent Cassel, Gérard Depardieu, Isabelle Adjani and Marin Cotillard. Liam Neeson’s name also circulated when the project was thought of internationally.
After the original idea of Caroline Bongrand, the Eiffel project was joined by many co-scriptwriters (Thomas Bidegain, Martin Bourboulon, Natalie Carter, Martin Brossollet, and the collaboration of Tatiana de Rosnay) and found its casting, with Romain Duris and Emma Mackey in the lead roles.
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