What has been announced is that there’s a second Leo Africanus film in development with French-Moroccan actor Jamel Debbouze on-board to star. Per Deadline, the feature film will also be an adaptation of Amin Maalouf’s book, but Sissako’s name isn’t attached to this project. And based on what I know of how these things work, there can’t be 2 films in the works based on the same novel, at the same time. One of these productions currently claims the rights to Maalouf’s book; both of them can’t – again, not simultaneously.
According to Deadline, Debbouze’s film will be produced by Symply Entertainment Beirut and Paris-based 3B Productions, as an official Lebanese-French co-production. Sissako’s name is not listed in the report – not even as a producer, with a search for a director on the way.