Deadline reports that Tom Shadyac (Ace ventura: Pet Detective, Bruce Almighty) is in talks with The Weinstein Company to remake the wildly successful french film: The Intouchables. Here’s the trailer for the original: This will be Shadyac’s first comedic film … Continue reading

Tom Shadyac Wants An American “The Intouchables” Remake

Tom-Shadyac

Deadline reports that Tom Shadyac (Ace ventura: Pet Detective, Bruce Almighty) is in talks with The Weinstein Company to remake the wildly successful french film: The Intouchables.

Here’s the trailer for the original:

This will be Shadyac’s first comedic film in six years.

Shadyac’s last film was 2010′s documentary feature: I Am.

The synopsis for I am is included below:

“In I AM, Shadyac steps in front of the camera to recount what happened to him after a cycling accident left him incapacitated, possibly for good. Though he ultimately recovered, he emerged with a new sense of purpose, determined to share his own awakening to his prior life of excess and greed, and to investigate how he as an individual, and we as a race, could improve the way we live and walk in the world.”

The french film The Intouchables, is hilarious and does not need a remake, though box office numbers will suggest otherwise (over $426 Million worldwide)…However if someone is going to remake this film, it should fall to someone who has a personal connection to it like Shadyac.

The script is by Paul Feig and TWC is trying to hook Colin Firth for the lead.

Paul Feig, the director of Bridesmaids and the upcoming The Heat starring Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy, doesn’t have a lot of writing credits to his name except for…Freaks and Geeks, a TV show with a strong cult following that launched the careers of James Franco and Seth Rogen.

SOURCES: Deadline, Iamthedoc.com, Box Office Mojo

  • SonRyu

    I wish Hollywood would stop remaking foreign/indy films. You can add all the star power you want, but you still end up with an inferior movie. Take “13 Tzameti” for example. Great French film directed by Gela Bubliani. Then it gets the Hollywood treatment as “13″, with big name actors like Jason Statham, Mickey Rourke, and even 50 Cent. It’s even directed by Bubliani, who decides to “reimagine it” so it’s not just a reshoot. “13″ was horrible; the pacing was bad, and the acting was not in the least genuine (it’s like they all just either did it for the paycheck, or as a favor to Bubliani, but weren’t really into it). Hollywood’s interest in remaking ‘Banlieue 13 (District B13)’ should’ve been nixed once they considered using Paul Walker in it. Whereas the original foreign/indy films have a story to tell, Hollywood remakes just do it for the box office, they’re like soulless husks of the original.

  • Alex

    The one that killed it for me was the American remake of “Death At A Funeral”. Even the English language films need an “American” version.

  • http://www.facebook.com/chewiepuffington Matt Ziegler

    No.