French director Rémi Chayé is currently working on his latest project Calamity – A Childhood of Martha Jane Cannary, the follow-up to his acclaimed 2015 feature debut Long Way North. Ahead of its premiere next year, the new film has been acquired by Indie Sales, who will handle international sales rights.
Chayé’s film follows Martha Jane, aka Calamity Jane, a 12-year-old girl who is forced to grow up quickly and take care of her siblings after her father is injured during their journey to the West. However, being a girl adds difficulty to her mission in the patriarchal and sexist society of the 19th century. To get around that hurdle, Martha Jane decides to dress as a boy, and the story takes another twist when she is accused of theft and must prove her innocence.
Back in 2016, Chayé told Cartoon Brew the new film would have the same style, team, and pipeline as Long Way North, and noted that though he won’t use any actual iconography related to the Western genre, the story will still have hints of it throughout.