Neil Burger has signed on to direct Bryan Cranston and Kevin Hart in the American remake of the hit French dramedy, “The Intouchables.” Burger is known for “The Illusionist” and “Limitless.”
“The Intouchables,” which went on to gross $166 million in France, is the second highest-grossing French film in the country’s history. It also went on to gross $426 million globally, but only took in around $10 million in the U.S.
The film follows the unlikely friendship of an extremely wealthy quadriplegic man (Cranston) and his caregiver (Hart). François Cluzet and Omar Sy played the lead roles in the original film.
It was originally reported that the remake was set to be directed by “My Week With Marilyn” director Simon Curtis from a script by Paul Feig (“Bridesmaids”). Instead, The Weinstein Company will be using a script by Jon Hartmere.
The deal closes another big move for Hart, who is fresh off his voice work in “Secret Life of Pets” and the comedy “Central Intelligence.” He is currently working on an untitled stand-up project and will again lend his voice in the animated film “Captain Underpants,” based off of the kids’ books of the same name. He has also been cast in the “Jumanji” re-imagining alongside Dwayne Johnson and Jack Black.
Cranston, meanwhile, is fresh off his Emmy nomination for his role as Lyndon B. Johnson in HBO’s “All the Way.” He currently has a whopping eight projects in various stages of development. Highlights include “Power Rangers,” “In Dubious Battle” and an untitled Wes Anderson project.
Deadline, who first reported the news on Burger, says production is set to start Jan. 15.