Not to be confused with the film called "The Illusionist" starring Edward Norton, this one is an animated feature film by director Sylvain Chomet (who previously directed "The Triplets of Belleville"
) . Chomet and his crew of animators have been working on the film since 2006. According to Animated News
a sneak peek of the film will be shown at Marche du Film in Cannes, France. "The Illusionist" was originally a project begun , but never finished by famed French comedian and film director Jacques Tati in the 1960's .
"Pathe will unveil footage from Sylvain Chomet's
(The Triplets of Belleville)s new animated feature film "The Illusionist" at the Marche du Film in Cannes this week, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Chomet, who wrote the movie based on previously unproduced material by Jacques Tati, has been working on it since June 2006. The 2D animation/CGI blend "The Illusionist" details the story of a dying breed of stage entertainer whose thunder is being stolen by emerging rock stars. Forced to accept increasingly obscure assignments in fringe theaters, garden parties and bars, he meets a young fan who changes his life forever.
Pathe plans to release the $22 million budgeted film in France and the U.K. next year with Pathe International handling worldwide sales."