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Paul Feig & Colin Firth Teaming For 'Untouchable,' A Remake Of The French Hit 'The Intouchables'

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by Kevin Jagernauth
March 29, 2012 2:51 PM
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Well, that was fast. Just this morning as it was announced that Paul Feig was returning to the small screen, backing "Ronna & Beverly" for Brit TV, it was said he was still eyeball his next feature project. Well, looks like it got packaged up faster than we thought.

Variety reports that Feig will team with Oscar winner Colin Firth for "Untouchable," a remake of the French smash hit and award-winning film "The Intouchables." The original film, co-directed by Eric Toledano and Olivier Nakache, tells the based-on-true-story tale of the relationship of a wealthy quadriplegic and his immigrant caregiver. Yes, it's a movie that will make you laugh and cry but it's also one that racked up nine César nominations, including a win for Omar Sy. Who did he beat? Oh, just someone you might have heard of named Jean Dujardin.

Anyway, the project is set up over at The Weinstein Company and Colin Firth is a frontrunner for the lead, though he's not locked yet and scheduling will need to be sorted. But we figure he'll do everything he can to land a role that is so clearly geared for critical adulation. No word yet on when it will start, and Feig also has other projects brewing, but if the French original -- due to hit theaters stateside on May 25th -- goes over like gangbusters, you can bet Harvey won't want to waste any time getting his remake in front of cameras.

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5 Comments

  • Austin Film Festival | June 4, 2012 12:53 PMReply

    Paul Feig will be a panelist at the Austin Film Festival this October! Find out more at www.austinfilmfestival.com

  • jingmei | March 30, 2012 3:25 AMReply

    That's just so fast. So this is a remake of true French people's story by all means.

  • boby | March 29, 2012 4:32 PMReply

    The winning of Omar Sy over Jean Dujardin at the Cesar awards was a joke.
    However, the movie was quite funny and was far better than the majority of French comedies, which is not quite difficult. Even if its success in France last year was clearly oversized.
    But it is too bad that American audience won't see the original (well, as usual) and that so much talented people such as Colin Firth and Paul Feig will lose their time on the useless remake of a not so original and great story.

  • boby | March 30, 2012 2:10 PM

    One : Omar Sy was not, in my opinion, the best French actor of the year. It is not just because he beat Dujardin (which is already completly incomprehensible). François Cluzet who was in "Intouchables" was far more better. Omar Sy is funny but he didn't play in that movie. He just did what he usually did on television. I never saw his character in "Intouchables", I only saw Omar Sy. And his Cesar award was a consolation prize because "Intouchables" didn't deserve to win in any categories. It was always beaten by another picture. So they gave him this one, because they considered that Jean Dujardin had enough prize (and which also permits them not to reward him).
    Two : yes, I said that it was a good comedy, really better than the usual French comedies. And it is a good thing it is gonna be released in America. But only in a few theaters. The remake will take its place in hundreds of theaters one year later. So everybody in American will only remember “The Untouchables” with Colin Firth. That’s sad. And I think this movie doesn’t need a remake. Not because it is a masterpiece. But because the story doesn’t deserve to have two versions. And the American won’t have the authenticity of the french one.

  • jingmei | March 30, 2012 3:06 AM

    One, pourquoi it's a joke. Two, this tres formidable film francais is gonna be released publically domestically in America soon.

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