News broke last week that Oscar-nominated film “Toni Erdmann” will get a U.S. remake starring Jack Nicholson and Kristen Wiig. According to CNBC, though, Bill Murray was almost involved in the new film.
In the interview, he explained that Wiig initially brought the project to his attention, but he dropped the ball.
“Kristen Wiig, who I think is so wonderful, sent me something and said, ‘Would you look at this thing?’ And I’m just not very organized, for a while I lost it, and then I found it, but I didn’t get around to watching this thing that she wanted me to watch. And then she said, ‘Well, Jack Nicholson took the job,’ ” he explained.
The original film recently received a Best Foreign Language Film Oscar nomination. The German-made film premiered just last year at the Cannes Film Festival.
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. Last week, news out of the Berlin Film Festival suggested that the directing and producing teams behind the original would not have an active role on the remake.
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 film. Stay tuned for more details on the project.