Friday 1 April 2016

Intouchables Remake Eyes Bryan Cranston And Kevin Hart For Key Roles

Despite several false starts, it looks as though The Weinstein Company’s Intouchables remake is beginning to set the wheels in motion today, with reports 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 the announcement, both Colin Firth and Tom Shadyac had flirted with key roles in the retelling.

First released in 2011 by TWC, Intouchables has been ripe for the remake treatment ever since it pulled in a respectable $416 million overseas. Such success led to the studio snatching remake rights for the comedy-drama, recruiting Ghostbusters director Paul Feig to pen an early draft of the script. In essence, it tells the tale of a well-to-do aristocrat who, after being paralyzed in a hang-gliding accident, recruits a young man from the projects to be his caretaker. All signs pointed to Feig taking the reins of Intouchables, though he ultimately chose to pass up the chance to direct.

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