France 2 launches on Monday season 3 of the series "Les rivières pourpres", inspired by the novel by Jean Christophe Grangé, adapted in 2000 for the cinema in a film with Jean Reno.

The author of the novel tells in "It feels good" how his novel became a bestseller adapted for the big and the small screen.

The success of Les 

Rivières pourpres

continues, more than 22 years after the release of Jean-Christophe Grangé's novel.

France 2 begins Monday the broadcast of the third season inspired by the thriller, already adapted to the cinema.

A series created by Jean-Christophe Grangé himself, who ensures that the spirit of his writings endures.

Guest of 

It feels good

, the novelist recounts the literary, cinematographic and serial success of this story, published after the flop of a first novel.

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"Overnight, I became a star"

Because, in 1994, the novelist wrote

The flight of the storks

, a first thriller which does not find its public.

“There is a confusion between the title and the cover which were little birds at sunset. It looked like it was some kind of romantic soap,” he recalls.

"There was a misunderstanding, and neither thriller fans nor soap fans bought me."

Four years later, Jean-Christophe Grangé published 

Les rivières pourpres

and his publisher decided to put the means to promote this second novel.

"I must admit that I saw a live marketing operation unfold that really worked," explains the author.

"My publisher put me in the collection of Mary Higgins Clark, which at the time was the Anglo-Saxon thriller label, presenting me as the Frenchman who writes in this genre as well as the Anglo-Saxons."

And the publisher's bet is successful.

"It created curiosity", comments Jean-Christophe Grangé.

"Overnight, I became a star."

"Nobody understood anything about the film"

Jean-Christophe Grangé then remembers having sold "about 500,000 copies" of

Rivières pourpres


Sales boosted again in 2000 by the release of the adaptation of the novel on the big screen, with Jean Reno headlining.

“At that point, I sold almost as many books because no one understood anything about the film,” he smiles.

"It was complicated, there were ellipses… In short, there was a big boost in bookstores."

But the success of the adaptation of Jean-Christophe Grangé's second novel also had positive consequences for his first book.

“At the same time, Albin Michel brought out

The Flight of the Storks

, written by a guy who was now known,” explains the author.

"And there I sold as much as

The Purple Rivers



The unexpected portrait of… Jean-Christophe Grangé

In 2004, the film 

The Purple Rivers 2: Angels of the Apocalypse was 

released on the big screen. 

Le vol des cigognes 

was also adapted for a telefilm by Canal + in 2013, 19 years after its failed release in bookstores.

Five years later Jean-Christophe Grangé adapts 

Les rivières pourpres

as a series for France 2. The channel broadcasts the start of the third season of this series Monday evening at 9pm.