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Amelie film director Jean-Pierre Jeunet had a few strong (and pretty funny) words to share about Paris - before announcing his intriguing new Amelie production. 

Amelie was the 2001 whimsical rom-com that inspired many a beguiled viewer to sign up for French classes and spend a summer in Paris (guilty as charged).

After becoming the highest grossing French language film in America, its magical legacy continued to charm in a musical production, which is soon arriving in London after a successful run on Broadway.

Speaking about the potential of an Amelie TV series or sequel earlier this week, director Jean-Pierre Jeunet shut down any rumours – but he has shared the surprising news that he is making an Amelie mockumentary.

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“I’m writing a fake documentary about the shooting of Amelie, like the Peter Jackson movie about the beginning of cinema [Forgotten Silver],” Jeunet told Indie Wire. “It’ll be just stupidity, something very funny, very cheap to make, I hope.”

OK, it sounds slightly strange – but that is very fitting with Amelie’s quirky character, perfectly played by Audrey Tautou in the film (whose performance earned her a BAFTA Best Actress Nomination).

Director Jeunet also said he’s been approached a number of times about developing the beloved film as a TV series or making a sequel. But he says that Paris is “too ugly” these days to shoot it.

Audrey Tautou and director Jean-Pierre Jeunet filming Amelie
Amelie: Audrey Tautou and director Jean-Pierre Jeunet promoting Amelie in 2001     

“It’s a bad idea,” he added. “It wouldn’t be the same actress, it would be cheap because it wouldn’t have the same budget, and in Paris now it’s so difficult to shoot because there are construction sites everywhere, so Paris is ugly now. So no, I don’t want to make a sequel or even a series, I just want to make the fake documentary with every document declassified.”

Although we don’t know much more about the mockumentary, Jeunet said he is currently working on ideas with his writing partner from the original film, Guillaume Laurant.

As the film is now 17 years old (yes, really) Jeunet also said that he’d like to release the mockumentary for Amelie’s 20th anniversary.

C’est très excitant.

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