French director Julien Mokrani made headlines here at Twitch back in October of 2011 thanks to his Jason Flemyng and Dexter Fletcher starring fan film Welcome To Hoxford. A seriously stylish bit of work, Hoxford was meant to open doors for Mokrani and it’s done exactly that with word arriving today that he has teamed with producer Alexandre Aja to direct a live action adaptation of French graphic novel Les Sentinelles.

Alexandre Aja and The Ministry of Content have acquired sci-fi cult graphic novel SENTINELLES written by Xavier Dorison, drawn by Enrique Breccia and published by Delcourt, for Julien Mokrani to direct. Alexandre Aja, Pavlina Hatoupis will produce. Alix Taylor is attached as Executive Producer

The Sentinelles

The Sentinelles

The Sentinelles is a radium punk re-imagening of World War I history with a super-hero twist on it as France and Germany fight for victory. “SENTINELLES is like a Jules Verne ROBOCOP in the trenches with a deep human story in its heart” says Alex Aja “or when PATHS OF GLORY meets THE DARK KNIGHT”.

Alex Aja most recently produced MANIAC with Elijah Wood and SITE 146 for Fox International and is coming off the heels of directing HORNS starring Daniel Radcliffe. The deal was brokered by Juliette Matthieu on behalf of Delcourt and Elsa Ramo and Associates on behalf of thverye producers. Julien Mokrani is repped at WME.

Now we are very happy to share with you the first concept art create for the movie ! You could discover the work of the famous New Zealand designer Greg Broadmore (Avatar, King Kong Peter Jackson, Tintin Steven Spielberg and District 9). Aupetit Vincent and the teams visual effects studio London Third Floor (at work on Gravity) have also agreed to take part in the project and oversee the production of a particular clip virtuoso featuring the exploits of warriors Taillefer and its partners – including Pegasus, a flying Sentinel with a pair of mechanical wings.