Last year it was announced that horror director Alexandre Aja (The Hills Have Eyes, Switchblade Romance, Piranha) would be producing an adaptation of the French graphic novel Les Sentinelles (The Sentinels). Julien Mokrani would be making his feature length directorial debut with the film, which is likened to “Robocop in the trenches of World War I”.
A collection of seriously cool concept art has been revealed from the film, and honestly if the finished product looks half as good as these images, then we are in for a real treat!
Alexandre Aja and The Ministry of Content have acquired sci-fi cult graphic novel SENTINELLES written by Xavier Dorison, drawn by Enrique Breccia and published by Delcourt, for Julien Mokrani to direct. Alexandre Aja, Pavlina Hatoupis will produce. Alix Taylor is attached as Executive Producer.
A Paris-based music video director on the move, Mokrani caught the producers’ eye with his unofficial short fan film WELCOME TO HOXFORD based on the eponymous graphic novel series by Ben Templesmith.
The Sentinelles is a radium punk re-imagening of World War I history with a super-hero twist on it as France and Germany fight for victory. “SENTINELLES is like a Jules Verne ROBOCOP in the trenches with a deep human story in its heart” says Alex Aja “or when PATHS OF GLORY meets THE DARK KNIGHT”.
Alex Aja most recently produced MANIAC with Elijah Wood and SITE 146 for Fox International and is coming off the heels of directing HORNS starring Daniel Radcliffe. The deal was brokered by Juliette Matthieu on behalf of Delcourt and Elsa Ramo and Associates on behalf of the producers. Julien Mokrani is repped at WME.