The Hollywood Reporter, uh, reports:
Haitian auteur Raoul Peck will direct “Karl Marx,” tracing the young adventures of the German philosopher and revolutionary, producer Jacques Bidou said Thursday.
The picture will cover the period 1830-1848, including Marx’s time in Paris before being expelled to Brussels and culminating with the publication of the Communist Manifesto. “Marx was considered a young genius at the time, but it was also a period marked by the birth of a great movement in thinking,” Bidou said.
The story also will encompass Marx’s love for his aristocratic wife Jenny von Westphalen, and his friendship with Friedrich Engels, with whom he co-authored the Manifesto.
No cast is yet attached, but Bidou said the principal characters will necessarily be young….
Well, yes, that is probably true, given that Marx was 12 years old in 1830.
The budget is $20 million and shooting begins in February. More:
The screenplay is co-written by Peck and Pascal Bonitzer, who previously collaborated on “Lumumba,” the former’s biography of Congolese leader Patrice Lumumba, also produced by JBA. A first draft of “Karl Marx” is due to be ready for the Festival de Cannes.
I look forward to the “scribbling in notebooks during 1844/gnawing criticism of the mice” montage.