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Exclusive: Gaumont unveils Lemercier comedy Homecoming [pictured] and Kev Adams’s feelgood drama To The Top.
Gaumont has launched sales on Valérie Lemercier’s comedy Homecoming about a woman in her 50s who goes through a second youth when a change in professional and personal fortunes forces her to move back in with her parents.
It marks a fifth time in the director’s chair for popular French actress Lemercier after comedies including Palais Royal! and The Ultimate Accessory.
Lemercier also stars as the central character of Marie-Francine who has to contend with her over-bearing parents while rebuilding her life.
He heads to the French snowboarding Mecca Chamonix »
Set over the course of one night in an 18th century French castle, “C’est la vie” chronicles a crazed wedding party from the perspectives of its caterer, photographer and DJ.
Budgeted at $14 million, “C’est la vie” will star Jean-Pierre Bacri (“The Taste of Others”), Vincent Macaigne (“The Two Friends”), Kevin Azais (“Love at First Fight”), Suzanne Clement (“Mommy”), Gilles lellouche (“La French”), Judith Chemla and Jean-Paul Rouve.
- Elsa Keslassy
Exclusive– French superstar filmmakers Olivier Nakache and Eric Toledano are re-teaming for their latest feature C’est La Vie, a dramedy that follows the behind the scenes of a wedding. Jean-Pierre Bacri and Gilles Lellouche are on-board to star in the picture, which will once again have Nakache and Toledano’s trademark humanist world view as we follow the big night of newlyweds Pierre and Helena through the eyes of all those who work to make the night as magical as… »
According to the Hollywood Reporter, the pair have been picked by the Weinstein Company for the roles played by François Cluzet and Omar Sy in the original film. Released in 2011 and directed by Olivier Nakache and Éric Toledano, The Intouchables told the story of the unlikely friendship between a wealthy quadriplegic man and his caregiver. It was a massive homegrown hit, grossing $166m (£115.4m) and selling 19.4m tickets – and is the second highest-grossing homegrown film at the French box office (after Bienvenue Chez les Ch’tis). It was also a worldwide hit, grossing $426m globally.
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- Andrew Pulver
In Hollywood, no one has a hotter track record when it comes to broad studio comedies than Kevin Hart, but the “Ride Along” star isn’t content to stop there. In an effort to showcase his range as an actor, Hart is signing on to star opposite Bryan Cranston in The Weinstein Company’s remake of the 2011 French dramedy “The Intouchables,” an individual familiar with the project told TheWrap. Olivier Nakache and Eric Toledano directed the original movie, which grossed $416 million overseas. Simon Curtis will direct the English-language remake, having worked with TWC on “My Week With Marilyn” and “Woman. »
- Jeff Sneider
Despite several false starts, it looks as though The Weinstein Company’s Intouchables remake is beginning to set the wheels in motion today, with Deadline reporting that Bryan Cranston and Kevin Hart are in negotiations to headline.
It should be noted that, while neither deal is signed and sealed at the time of writing, talks are reportedly at an advanced stage, as The Weinstein Company is eager to fire up production on its remake of Olivier Nakache and Eric Toledano’s French dramedy during the summer. Prior to today’s announcement, both Colin Firth and Tom Shadyac had flirted with key roles in the retelling. Elsewhere, citing sources close to the production, Variety claims that Simon Curtis has closed a deal to helm the western remake.
First released in 2011 by TWC, Intouchables has been ripe for the remake treatment ever since it pulled in a respectable $416 million overseas.
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- Michael Briers
Harvey Weinstein has been trying to get a remake of the French hit "Intouchables" off the ground for at least a half decade. Over that time Paul Feig and Tom Shadyac were attached to direct at various points, with Colin Firth set for one of the lead roles, with Chris Rock, Jamie Foxx and Idris Elba rumored along the way to co-star. A couple years ago, the project was shaping up to be a Firth and Kevin Hart jam, and now, yet another change has been made. Deadline reports that Bryan Cranston and Kevin Hart are in talks to lead the movie. The original film, co-directed by Eric Toledano and Olivier Nakache, tells the based-on-a-true-story tale of the relationship of a wealthy quadriplegic and his immigrant caregiver. The picture has a big office hit globally, racked up nine César nominations (with a win for Omar Sy), and earned $426 million worldwide »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Sources have exclusively told Variety that Simon Curtis is attached to direct the remake.
The original was released by the Weinstein Co. in 2011, grossing $416 million overseas. The movie follows an aristocrat who, after becoming a paraplegic following a paragliding accident, hires a young man from the projects to be his caregiver.
The Weinstein Co. quickly acquired the remake rights and set Paul Feig to pen the script. The film is high priority for the studio, with shooting expected to start this summer.
Cranston is coming off his Oscar-nominated performance for his portrayal of blacklisted screenwriter Dalton Trumbo in Jay Roach’s “Trumbo.” He can be seen next in HBO’s “All the Way,” a telepic based on his play in which he portrays Lyndon B. Johnson. »
- Justin Kroll
Olivier Nakache and Eric Toledano helmed the original which grossed a whopping $416 million overseas and followed a French aristocrat (Francois Cluzet) who, after becoming a paraplegic following a paragliding accident, hires a Senegalese immigrant and petty criminal from the projects to be his caregiver.
Source: Variety »
- Garth Franklin
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