“Toni Erdmann” director Maren Ade and the film’s producers won’t be working on the newly announced U.S. remake. The comments were made today at the Berlin Film Festival.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the comments also suggest that previous reports of a done deal for Paramount are inaccurate. Per the outlet:
Komplizen Film, the Berlin-based company that produced the original film, said they “were in negotiations” over a possible remake of Toni Erdmann but that no deal had been signed. Furthermore, the company said in a German statement (translated by THR), “if there is ever a remake of Toni Erdmann, neither Maren Ade nor Komplizen Film will play an active role (in the new movie).”
Variety first broke the news that the Oscar-nominated film will get a U.S. remake. 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 film recently received a Best Foreign Language Film Oscar nomination. In the original film, Sandra Hüller is a reluctant woman who must spend time with her estranged father (Peter Simonischek) when he comes for a surprise visit.
Per reports, the new 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.”