Yves Saint Laurent Biopics : the next battle of Pierre Bergé ?
Two rival productions are battling over the dead body of Yves Saint Laurent. One is back by Saint Laurent's former partner, and godfather of many things in the Parisian's media and art landscape, aka Pierre Bergé. The other one, directed by famous French filmaker Bertrand Bonello, will feature Gaspard Ulliel, Jérémy Régnier and the gorgissime Léa Seydoux, grand-daughter of the former master of theatre movies in Paris. It is the least to say that big names are getting interested in this biopic battle, and that the fight will be fierce. WWD said : Meanwhile, Bergé has thrown his weight behind the rival “Yves Saint Laurent,” produced by WY Productions and SND. Helmed by Jalil Lespert, the movie will star Pierre Niney as the designer and focus on his love affair with Bergé, his lifelong business partner. Bergé’s backing means the production will have access to Saint Laurent’s former atelier and vast archives. The Bonello camp is said to have secured the services of award-winning costume designer Anaïs Romand to recreate period looks, raising the prospect that Bergé could take legal action to block Saint Laurent reproductions. PPR, which owns the Yves Saint Laurent brand, has so far refused to take sides in the battle, which recalls the race to complete warring biopics of Coco Chanel in 2009. After funding the past presidential elections, and buying back France's main newspaper, is that the next fight of Pierre Bergé ?