Amazon Studios Acquires Ladj Ly’s ‘Les Misérables’ — Cannes

Published on May 17, 2019

Amazon Studios Acquires Ladj Ly’s ‘Les Misérables’ — Cannes

There’s a new “Les Misérables” at Cannes, but worry not: Russell Crowe doesn’t sing in this one. Amazon Studios has acquired writer-director Ladj Ly’s debut feature film following its world premiere at Cannes. Variety first reported the news, including the detail that “Netflix was also believed to be pursuing the film, with insiders pegging the final price for the film at $1.5 million.”

Based not on Victor Hugo’s timeless novel but rather the riots that erupted in Ly’s neighborhood in Paris in 2005 — the same neighborhood, in fact, where part of said novel takes place — “Les Misérables” was co-written by Giordano Gederlini and Alexis Manenti; Toufik Ayadi and Christophe Barral of Srab Films produced it.

In his review of the film, IndieWire’s David Ehrlich wrote that it “bears little outward resemblance to the epic story of Jean Valjean and his stolen loaf of bread. But Ly

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Author: Michael Nordine