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Jan Kounen to helm WINDWALKERS

Joshua Brunsting

by: Joshua Brunsting
June 7th, 2011

And 3D continues to make its way through the arthouse crowd.

With names like Wim Wenders taking on the much-talked about format, yet another well-respected arthouse director has decided to throw his hat at the screen in glorious 3D. According to Variety, director Jan Kounen (COCO CHANEL AND IGOR STRAVINSKY) is set to adapt Alain Damasio’s novel La Horde du Contrevent, for a new film entitled WINDWALKERS – CHRONICLE OF THE 34th HORDE.

The film will be filmed in English and in 3D, and will follow the story of a team who is put together to find where “the winds” originate, in a world where these very winds threaten the lives of the world’s inhabitants. The premise does sound a bit odd, but one would assume that there will be a bit more action than the logline here would hint at.

Apparently the film will be aided by VFX icon Marc Caro, best known for his work on films like DELICATESSEN and CITY OF LOST CHILDREN, so this is definitely a film that will not be visually uninteresting.

As a fan of CHANEL/STRAVINSKY, Kounen is definitely an intriguing name to see jump into not only animation but also 3D.  I think he has a great sense of style and a really great aesthetic, so here’s to hoping this one can at least do something interesting with the added dimension.

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