Julien Mokrani And Alex Aja Bringing Graphic Novel LES SENTINELLES To The Big Screen

Todd Brown, Founder and Editor
French director Julien Mokrani made headlines here at Twitch back in October of 2011 thanks to his Jason Flemyng and Dexter Fletcher starring fan film Welcome To Hoxford. A seriously stylish bit of work, Hoxford was meant to open doors for Mokrani and it's done exactly that with word arriving today that he has teamed with producer Alexandre Aja to direct a live action adaptation of French graphic novel Les Sentinelles.

Alexandre Aja and The Ministry of Content have acquired sci-fi cult graphic novel SENTINELLES written by Xavier Dorison, drawn by Enrique Breccia and published by Delcourt, for Julien Mokrani to direct. Alexandre Aja, Pavlina Hatoupis will produce. Alix Taylor is attached as Executive Producer.

A Paris-based music video director on the move, Mokrani caught the producers' eye with his unofficial short fan film WELCOME TO HOXFORD based on the eponymous graphic novel series by Ben Templesmith.

The Sentinelles is a radium punk re-imagening of World War I history with a super-hero twist on it as France and Germany fight for victory. "SENTINELLES is like a Jules Verne ROBOCOP in the trenches with a deep human story in its heart" says Alex Aja "or when PATHS OF GLORY meets THE DARK KNIGHT".

Alex Aja most recently produced MANIAC with Elijah Wood and SITE 146 for Fox International and is coming off the heels of directing HORNS starring Daniel Radcliffe. The deal was brokered by Juliette Matthieu on behalf of Delcourt and Elsa Ramo and Associates on behalf of the producers. Julien Mokrani is repped at WME.

For a taste of Mokrani's style, check out the complete Welcome To Hoxford below.
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  • john

    very cool.
    kind of sin city esque.

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