01/09/2012 12:16 pm ET Updated Mar 10, 2012

'The Artist' Director Michel Hazanavicius Helming 'The Search' Next

Talk about a tone shift.

Michel Hazanavicius, the writer and director behind this year's delightful silent film homage "The Artist," will next direct "The Search," a film set in the war-torn nation of Chechneya. Variety reports that the film is based on a 1948 film of the same name about an American soldier, played by Montgomery Clift, who helps a young Auschwitz-survivor find his mother in the aftermath of World War II.

It will be his first major work since breaking through in the United States with "The Artist," which is currently the front runner to take home Best Picture at next month's Academy Awards. He had French hits with the "OSS" spy spoof films, which featured "Artist" star Jean Dujardin in the starring role.

For more, click over to Variety.