Magazine article Screen International

Veteran Raymond Danon Launches Romy Schneider Bio-Pic

Magazine article Screen International

Veteran Raymond Danon Launches Romy Schneider Bio-Pic

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Veteran French producer Raymond Danon has touched down in Cannes to finalise the finance on his long-gestated feature about the life of tragic actress Romy Schneider, Romy.

The picture, scheduled to start shooting in March 2013, will focus on Schneider's struggle against the odds to make her last picture, the 1982 The Passerby (La passante du Sans-Souci).

Jean-Claude Carrière is writing the screenplay. Director and adventurer Géraldine Danon will direct. Casting agent Olivier Carbone is finalising the actress to play Schneider. Danon says the budget for the French-language project will be in the region of [euro]8 million.

"I don't want to make a classic bio-pic spanning her whole life but rather capture her through the story behind the making of The Passerby," explains prolific producer Danon, who has taken a banner ad across the front of the Majestic to promote the project.

"She was absolutely determined to make it, even though in the backdrop, she was dealing with health problems and the death of her son. …

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