Xavier Dolan Set to Write/Direct Television Mini-Series

Tuesday December 1, 2020

Xavier Dolan at the Cannes Film Festival in 2017
Xavier Dolan at the Cannes Film Festival in 2017  (Source:Associated Press)

Out, Canadian director Xavier Dolan made his directorial debut 10 years ago with "I Killed my Mother," a film that capitulated the 20 year old into the international film limelight by winning three awards at the Cannes Film Festival. Since then he has directed seven more full-length features, as well as having a successful career as both an actor (in his own films and in such Hollywood fare as "Bad Times at the El Royale" and "It Chapter Two") and as a voice actor in his native Quebec.

Last week Variety reported that Dolan is making the move to series television with"The Night Logan Woke Up," a psychological thriller mini-series adapted from Michel Marc Bouchard's successful theater production.

Dolan is said to be writing and directing all five episodes, which will go into production in March 2021 and will air on Quebecor Content and Canal Plus in 2022. "The show was commissioned by Canal Plus's Création Originale label which is behind a flurry of hit series, notably 'The Bureau,' 'The Returned,' 'Versailles,' 'The Tunnel' and 'Possession,'" writes Variety.

The publication describes the film as "a poignant thriller weaving horror, humor and drama, the mini-series stars original cast members from the 2019 play, including Julie Le Breton, Magalie Lépine-Blondeau, Éric Bruneau and Patrick Hivon, along with Dolan and Julianne Côté."

Set in the early 1990s, the story follows a close-knit teen trio: Mimi, her brother Jules and their bff Logan, Their idyllic life, driven by baseball for Jules and Logan, is shattered when the 17-Logan rapes the 14-year old Mimi. 30 years later, Mimi — a reputable thanatologist — returns home after her mother's death and confronts Jules and Logan, whom she hasn't seen in decades. Soon after, secrets and spite buried deep in the past resurface, sending the families on an unstoppable pursuit of reconciliation.

"Xavier Dolan tells deeply human stories with a unique voice and has an ability to create real relationships on screen," Francoise Guyonnet, executive managing director of TV series at Studiocanal, told Variety.

"Quebecois director Dolan previously won the Cannes Jury Prize in 2014 for 'Mommy'and the Cannes Grand Prix for 'It's Only the End of the World' in 2016. He also won several Canadian Screen and César Awards."

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