In a long line of Hollywood remakes of European hit films, from the Swedish thriller The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo to the French comedy Le Dîner de Cons (Dinner for Schmucks), the recent French sensation Intouchables will be the latest to get an English-language version.
After the phenomenal success of Intouchables, which stayed at the top of France's box office for weeks, the appeal has translated internationally to Germany, Italy, Spain, and most recently South Korea, with the film earning an impressive $291.7 million internationally to date.
Based on the memoir The Second Wind (Le Second Souffle) by Philippe Bozzo di Borgo, the American adaptation will be produced by The Weinstein Company, which is in early talks with Oscar winner Colin Firth to star and Paul Fieg (Bridesmaids) to direct, according to Variety.
The comedy/drama, directed by Eric Toledano and Olivier Nakache, stars François Cluzet as a wealthy man who becomes quadriplegic after a paragliding accident and his relationship with his caretaker, a young troubled immigrant, played by Omar Sy. Producer Nicolas Duval-Adassovsky is attached to the US redo.
Last seen in Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, Firth is filming Devil's Knot with Reese Witherspoon and is set to do The Railway Man with Nicole Kidman.
Since last summer's blockbuster, Fieg is juggling projects including an untitled comedy starring Jon Hamm (Mad Men) and Melissa McCarthy (Bridesmaids).
The Weinstein Company, which distributed The Artist in North America, will release the French version of Intouchables in New York and Los Angeles over the Memorial Day holiday weekend at the end of May.