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The Tunnel / Le Tunnel - Director, budget, filming date and synopsis unveiled (+ tidbit on the FX remake)

This British/French co-production between Sky Atlantic and Canal+ will have a budget of €19 million (£15.33 million / $24.68 million) for 10 episodes (50-55 minutes each).

That's €1.9 million per episode (£1.53 million / $2.47 million), which is around the budget for Borgia and superior to the budget for a 100% French-speaking Canal+ series — for instance, the 8-episode first season of Les revenants cost €11 million (£8,88 million / $14,29 million), meaning €1,38 mllion/episode (£1.12 million / $1,79 million).

Cameras will start rolling in / around Calais (France) and in / around Dover (England) in late February / early March 2013.

Synopsis :

A famous French political woman is found assassinated in the Channel Tunnel, her body laying exactly at the frontier between France and England. The police, both French and British, is called on the scene. What appears at first as a simple murder turns out to be a double homicide. The woman's body has been cut in half above the waist and then put together to form one body. The bottom half belongs to a British prostitute. This strange murder is just the beginning of an unprecedented wave of violence. Police forces of France and England are bound to work together to fight this serial killer describing himself as a "terrorist of the truth", blaming the moral bankruptcy of the modern European society during his killing spree.

Olivier Kohn, creator of the widely acclaimed Canal+ journalistic drama Reporters (2 seasons - 18 episodes, 2007-2009), and Yann Le Nivet, writer on Olivier Marchal's gritty cop dramas Flics and Braquo, are working with Ben Richards (Outcasts, Spooks) and three other writers on the show.

And Dominik Moll, a César-winning, Bafta-nominated writer/director, will helm these 10 episodes. Moll has also been nominated for a Palme d'or twice, in 2000 and in 2005. In his filmography, there are :

2000 : Harry, un ami qui vous veut du bien (Harry, he's here to help). Starring Laurent Lucas, Mathilde Seigner, Sergi López and Sophie Guillemin.
2005 : Lemming. With Laurent Lucas, Charlotte Gainsbourg, André Dussollier & Charlotte Rampling.
2011 : Le moine (The Monk). With Vincent Cassel, Déborah François, Sergi López & Joséphine Japy.

Coming in late 2013 on the French and British pay cable channels.


Furthermore, the US remake of The Bridge for FX, taking place at the US/Mexican border and starring Diane Kruger & Demián Bichir, will NOT feature Spanish-speaking characters : American cops will be talking in English, and so will Mexican cops. FX chose to go that way because American audiences usually hate subtitles. However, there is still some Spanish in it — thus I imagine background noise / useless dialogue will be in Spanish and the main characters will be able to say "hola", "cabrón" and other words easy to understand, but then it's all in English with an accent.

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