According to Deadline, Argentinian director Pablo Trapero (El Clan) is set to helm his first English-language film, Thin Skinned Animal, for Studiocanal and Working Title.
The movie is loosely based on Patrick Alexander’s suspense thriller Death of a Thin Skinned Animal. The book’s story centers on a British assassin sent to Africa to kill a corrupt dictator. However, the plot is found out and the assassin is imprisoned. Upon his escape, he vows to fulfill his original mission. John Brownlow (Sylvia) penned the screenplay. Producers are Working Title’s Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner along with Tom Jacobson.
Trapero’s most recent film, El Clan (pictured above), broke box office records in Argentina and won him the Best Director Silver Bear honor at the Venice Film Festival. El Clan won the Goya Award last year for Best Spanish-Language Foreign Film. Trapero has helmed two foreign films nominated for Oscars – Leonera in 2008, and Carancho in 2010. In 2012, his Elefante Blanco premiered in Un Certain Regard at Cannes.
Studiocanal’s EVP of international productions and acquisitions Ron Halpern said, “We have been admirers of Pablo Trapero’s work at the Cannes Film Festival with Leonera, Carancho and Elefante Blanco. He is one of the most interesting and exciting directors working today. His most recent film El Clan was such a well-directed film and won a well-deserved Silver Lion at Venice. We knew we wanted to find a way to work together and we are thrilled to be able to be his partner on his first English language film.” Jacobson said: “We are thrilled to be working with Pablo Trapero, a truly gifted filmmaker who is bringing his original voice to this exciting story.”
Thin Skinned Animal is scheduled to start shooting later this year.