“The Reunion” Director, producer, star of “Staying True to the Novel.”

The action in the upcoming mystery thriller “The Reunion” starring “Harrow’s” John Garfoodfocuses on three characters in two time zones, 25 years apart, but the characters’ emotions and personalities are consistent, British show director Bill Eagles explained at the Monte Carlo Television Festival on Sunday.

The English-language show, produced by Sidney Gallond at Make It Happen Studio and co-produced by MGM Intl. TV Productions and the television operator France Televisions are based on Guillaume Mussothe bestseller of the novel “La Jeune fille et la nuit”.

The story begins today, at a gathering at an international school in the south of France, where three former friends reunite. They broke up and lost touch, but are still bound by a tragic secret related to the disappearance of a fellow student 25 years ago.

Although Eagles acknowledged that having the same characters in two time zones posed challenges, the key to overcoming them lies in the novel. “Guillaume Musso exposed his characters so well at the age of 18 and understood their evolution over a period of 25 years that the lines the characters made in our present coincided with the evolution of the characters we saw as young heroes.”

He added: “Essentially, if we believe in the young cast, we believe in the consequences of their actions, murderous actions, acts of betrayal, compulsive love, denial and then inform these older characters with the same principles and see how these feelings and these emotions have festered for 25 years. Then, when we bring these characters together, we find complete faith and synthesis between the young and the old. ”

In a video presentation shown at the festival, Musso explained that the time he worked as a teacher at an international school in southern France was the “trigger” for writing the novel. “The Reunion” is the first television adaptation of one of his 19 novels. He said that he made it a condition for the adaptation to be photographed in the area where he spent his youth. He explained that previous requests were often made for “wrong reasons” – because his novels were bestsellers and “rarely were they really for artistic reasons”.

On the other hand, Galonde – whom he has known for more than 10 years – has always invented projects that were primarily because he read my books, because he liked my novels, Musso said, “and because he had an artistic vision behind him. it’s only natural that I said yes to this project. “

Galonde explained how he worked with the author on the show. Guillaume Musso is involved in every second of this project… but through me, because the work is there, I promised him: I told him that I would protect your DNA and participate 100%, just to deliver something that you will we are proud. ”

Eagles said one of the keys to the novel’s success is that the stories are compelling. “By writing Guillaume, you believe in all twists and turns, and you believe that certain facts or elements of the story have been hidden because they come from the hero’s problems; it doesn’t come from the need for conspiracy, “he said.

Garfood said he felt a special responsibility to Musso to get his character, Thomas, just as Thomas is a writer. “It’s almost like Guillaume introduces himself to Thomas,” he said. “There are definitely aspects of Guillaume who is Thomas in the book. So when you represent a writer and play a novelist, you know, you want to try to stick to the little subtleties that he wrote in his novels. “

Garfood also paid tribute to British writer Marston Bloom, who adapted Musso’s novel with Galonde. Gallond added that before Bloom began his adaptation, he and Musso had met “to make sure that the French part was present in the show and that the show would suit the global audience” and the universal nature of the story.

Eagles acknowledged that while there may be something very traditional in a murder thriller, “the complexity of psychology that [Musso] allows his characters to live in the novel, which makes it a very modern work.

He expanded on this point: “We have the psychology of denial, of obsessive love, of inappropriate obsessive love, of betrayal. And then to the people who are trying to make amends for their crime. So, 25 years later, Fanny became a doctor, and Max became a politician trying to do good. Interestingly, the character of Thomas, he became a writer. He is still researching storytelling and fantasy, and in a sense his character is the most negative.

“It’s a really fascinating kind of outline of the three different characters. And because Thomas is so in denial – because he hasn’t really decided to pay for repairs and find some redemptive trip – that’s part of the reason he’s upsetting everything, stirring up the lake with all the dirt and filth and creating chaos. “

Galonde stressed the importance of the international dimension of the novel and the series, which has a British director and screenwriter, has brought together actors from many countries, including Grufud of Wales, Ivanna Sakno of Ukraine, Salome Gunnarsdottir of Iceland and Vahina Jokante of France and Gregory Fitusi.

Galonde said: “Six years ago, my English did not exist. Six years ago, I would never have imagined joining all these people. Six years ago, I would never have imagined that MGM was involved in a French production based on French IP. So for me, the international part of the novel was essential.

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