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Big studios have poured money into foreign-language films – but is this just a backdoor way to dominate overseas markets?
When the horror film The Orphanage opened big in its home country of Spain in October 2007, distributor Warner Brothers wanted director Ja Bayona to know he was loved. "We call him Jota," says Richard Fox, executive VP of international at Warner. "He's an amazing Superman fan, and I had a piece of kryptonite from the Bryan Singer version sent to my hotel in Barcelona. After this huge opening weekend, we went to a fish restaurant on Monday night to celebrate. I got there early, so I was sat there with my box of kryptonite, looking at the portraits on the wall: Bill Clinton, Tom Cruise, Zinedine Zidane. When Jota arrived, I gave him the kryptonite, and a guy took a photo. We sat and had a three-hour dinner. When we left, »
- Phil Hoad
The original film starred actor-director Til Schweiger with his real-life daughter Emma Tiger Schweiger and was Germany's biggest movie of 2011 at the box office. It centres on a carefree bachelor who discovers that his friend's daughter may be his own biological child, resulting from a one-night stand eight years previously. The film's title derives from a poor pronunciation of "coq au vin" by a German speaker.
Cooper, whose star has risen dramatically in Hollywood following his Oscar nomination for the offbeat romantic comedy Silver Linings Playbook, is to play the bachelor, who must juggle a relationship with his newly discovered »
- Ben Child
The Hangover actor will star in the comedy and potentially make it his directorial debut, according to Deadline.
The 2011 German film was written and directed by Til Schweiger.
He starred alongside his daughter Emma Tiger Schweiger in the tale of a carefree writer who discovers that he has an 8-year-old daughter.
The actor is nominated for his recent role in Silver Linings Playbook.
Watch the trailer for Silver Linings Playbook below: »
At this point, it isn.t clear if Bradley Cooper.s fame is still rising, since he didn.t yet take home a Best Actor Oscar, or if he is coasting across the peak of fame, by being nominated to begin with and in having a career that sees him in several projects a year. One of those next projects will be an Engligh-language remake of the smash hit German comedy-drama Kokowääh, which Deadline reports Cooper will both star in and produce through his Warner Bros. offshoot 22nd & Indiana. The film is on a shortlist of films that Cooper would like to become his feature directing debut, but nothing is official yet. Kokowääh and its sequel were both written and directed by Til Schweiger, by arguably German.s most famous movie star, who also starred in the film. If Cooper is really looking to add the director hat »
• Johnny Depp fans, get excited. The actor has committed to his next two projects: Wally Pfister’s sci-fi thriller Transcendence, and Barry Levinson’s Whitey Bulger biopic Black Mass, both of which he’d been circling for a while. Transcendence will be the directorial debut for Pfister, an Oscar-winning cinematographer (for Inception in 2011), who has been Christopher Nolan’s go-to since Memento. The details of the project remain sparse, but the logline teases that the film is about a scientist who has his brain uploaded into a computer. Depp will go straight from Transcendence to Black Mass, based on the »
- Lindsey Bahr
Oscar-nominated actor Bradley Cooper (Silver Linings Playbook) has reportedly signed on to the English-language remake of Kokowääh, a popular 2011 German comedy. The original picture, starring, written and directed by Til Schweiger, centered on an author (Schweiger) who is adapting a best-selling novel with his ex-girlfriend and is suddenly presented with the existence of an eight-year-old daughter from a one night stand. Complicating matters is the daughter's preference for her foster father over the biological one. Hit the jump for more. Deadline reports that Cooper and Sheroum Kim are developing the Kokowääh remake at Warner Bros. as a star vehicle and possible directorial debut for the former. Black List scribes Scott Rothman and Rajiv Joseph, both of Draft Day, are re-writing the screenplay from an earlier draft by Chris Shafer and Paul Vicknair. The original Kokowääh centers on the relationship between the carefree bachelor and the devoted father as much as »
- Dave Trumbore
Exclusive: Hot off his Best Actor Oscar nomination for Silver Linings Playbook, Bradley Cooper has signed on to to star in the English-language remake of Kokowaah at Warner Bros. Cooper and Sheroum Kim are setting up the project through his WB-based 22nd & Indiana shingle. They will shape it as a star vehicle for him and he might well direct the film (it becomes one of several candidates for his feature directing debut). Black List writers Scott Rothman & Rajiv Joseph are re-writing the screenplay from an earlier draft by Chris Shafer & Paul Vicknair. Kokowaah explores the relationship between two men – carefree bachelor Henry and devoted husband and father Trevor–when they are forced to re-evaluate their lives after discovering the reality behind the paternity of Trevor’s 8-year old daughter Maddy. Kokowaah was Germany’s highest-grossing film of 2011 and the sequel recently opened at number one there. Cooper will produce and Kim will be exec producer. »
- MIKE FLEMING JR
Bradley Cooper is attached to star in and potentially direct Warner Bros.' upcoming English-language remake of Til Schweiger's Kokowääh , Deadline reports. Released in 2011, Kokowääh was Germany's most successful film that year. Also starring and co-written by Schweiger (alongside Béla Jarzyk), the film also features the actor's real-life daughter, Emma Tiger Schweiger and follows the drama that emerges when a writer, Henry, learns he has an eight-year old daughter, Magdalena. Chris Shafer and Paul Vicknair adapted the screenplay for the new version which will now be rewritten by Scott Rothman & Rajiv Joseph. Cooper, who was just nominated for an Academy Award for his role in David O. Russell's Silver Linings Playbook , will also produce alongside Sheroum Kim »
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