That was fast. According to Variety, who broke the news, Oscar-nominated “Toni Erdmann” is getting the remake treatment. The German-made film premiered just last year at the Cannes Film Festival.
Per the report, Jack Nicholson, who hasn’t appeared in a film since 2010, will star. Kristen Wiig will play his daughter in the film.
The original Maren Ade film recently received a Best Foreign Language Film Oscar nomination. The official synopsis, per Rotten Tomatoes, of that film is as follows:
Winfried doesn’t see much of his working daughter Ines. The suddenly student-less music teacher decides to surprise her with a visit after the death of his old dog. It’s an awkward move because serious career woman Ines is working on an important project as a corporate strategist in Bucharest. The geographical change doesn’t help the two to see more eye to eye. Practical joker Winfried loves to annoy his daughter with corny pranks. What’s worse are his little jabs at her routine lifestyle of long meetings, hotel bars and performance reports. Father and daughter reach an impasse, and Winfried agrees to return home to Germany. Enter flashy “Toni Erdmann”: Winfried’s smooth-talking alter ego. Disguised in a tacky suit, weird wig and even weirder fake teeth, Toni barges into Ines’ professional life, claiming to be her CEO’s life coach. As Toni, Winfried is bolder and doesn’t hold back, but Ines meets the challenge. The harder they push, the closer they become. In all the madness, Ines begins to understand that her eccentric father might deserve some place in her life after all.
Per reports, the film is seeking a director and writer.
This isn’t the only beloved foreign film remake in recent years. Last year it was announced that French hit “The Intouchables” would be remade, with Neil Burger set to direct and Bryan Cranston and Kevin Hart set to star.
No word yet on a tentative release schedule for the new “Toni Erdmann.”