The Weinstein Company is fast-tracking a remake of the 2011 French dramedy The Intouchables, and it looks like they’ve found their stars. Variety reports that Bryan Cranston and Kevin Hart are nearing deals to play the leads in the re-imagining of Olivier Nakache and Eric Toledano’s film.
Based on a true story, Cranston would play a wealthy aristocrat who becomes a quadriplegic as the result of a paragliding accident. When he hires a young man from the projects (to be played by Hart) as his caretaker, the two form a surprising, life-changing bond.
After their original pulled in $416 million at the overseas box office, the Westein Co. snatched up the remake rights and hired Paul Feig (Ghostbusters, Spy) to provide the screenplay. Variety’s sources also reveal that Simon Curtis (My Week with Marilyn) has been tapped to direct. Production is expected to start this summer.
Below, watch the trailer for the award-winning original.