Pic centers on Vidal’s life from his early years at the helm of the clan in the ’60’s and ’70s, though the bulk of the action takes place today. Vidal is a 70-year-old retired mobster whose quiet existence gets turned upside down when an old friend seeks his help to escape from prison.
Alain Delon will topline, along with Gerard Lanvin and Bernard Giraudeau .
Marchal, who’s just wrapped the script with writing partner Edgar Marie, said the film’s first part is based on Vidal’s unpublished memoirs, while the second part is purely fictional.
The film will enter pre-production in the coming weeks. Lensing will take place this summer in Lyon for an early 2011 delivery.
This project has the potential of being fabulous. As we’ve seen so often it’s a long way from pre-production to finished film at theaters. I hope we get to see “Les Lyonnais” at the movies in 2011.