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Patch Adams director reported to be returning to feature films with version of highest grossing non-English language film

The long-mooted Us remake of hit French comedy Intouchables is nearing realisation, as reports suggest Patch Adams director Tom Shadyac is to sign up to the project.

The story of a rich quadriplegic man (played by François Cluzet) who hires an African immigrant (Omar Sy) as a carer, Intouchables – released in English-language territories as Untouchable – became the highest grossing non-English language film ever with $426.6m (£283.7m) in worldwide receipts. Only $10.2m of this was in North America, making it a perfect candidate for a reworking – the remake rights were bought along with Us distribution by the Weinstein Company.

According to Deadline, the remake has been scripted by Bridesmaids' Paul Feig and is the story of "an aristocrat who, after being paralysed in a hang-gliding accident, hires a young man from the »

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