Quad prepares for blast-off with Fly Me to the Moon
by Fabien Lemercier
17/11/2011 - Paris-based Quad Productions, the production company behind directorial duo Eric Toledano and Olivier Nakache’s phenomenal hit Untouchable [trailer] (see review), which is currently doing brilliantly at the box office (almost 5.6m admissions in two weeks, i.e. €34.38m in box-office takings, and a 45% increase in audience figures in its second week), has just wrapped shooting on French/Belgian co-production Fly Me to the Moon.
Pascal Chaumeil’s second feature after Heartbreaker [trailer] (3.8m admissions in France in 2010), this latest romantic comedy stars Danny Boon (Nothing to Declare [trailer]) and German actress Diane Kruger (currently on screens in Special Forces [trailer]).
Scripted by Laurent Zeitoun (who claims to pay homage to Jean-Paul Rappeneau’s Call Me Savage and the films of Philippe de Broca), the film takes as its starting point the fact that in the Lefebvre family, all the first marriages end in failure. Is it a real curse or a stupid belief? Little does it matter, 30-year-old Isabelle, in a long-term relationship with Pierre, had got round the problem by refusing to have a ring put on her finger.
But what do you do when you want to have children with a man for whom marriage is a necessary step? Marry him at the risk of losing him? That’s out of the question. To avoid that, Isabelle has a strategy: find a first husband.
This is an infallible plan, except when the target is the hellish Jean-Yves Berthier, an editor for the Routard Guide, whom she follows from Kilimanjaro to Moscow. She has to seduce him by every possible means, marry him and, above all, divorce him. This is a nuptial adventure for better and, especially, for worse.
With an ambition to become France’s answer to Working Title Films, Quad Productions regularly sells the remake rights to its films. This is already the case for Fly Me to the Moon, as it was with Heartbreaker and Untouchable.
Fly Me to the Moon has a €26m budget including co-production support from TF1 Film Productions and Belgium’s Scope Pictures, as well as backing from Wallimage. The nine-week shoot took place in France, Belgium, Russia and Kenya.
(Translated from French)