Another day, another case of Hollywood looking to capitalise once again on the success of a foreign hit.
Gracing the likes of Cannes where it received widespread acclaim for the wonderful humour scattered throughout its father/daughter narrative, we deemed Toni Erdmann which is now in UK cinemas ‘the German equivalent of The Office’. Our full review can be found here.
Representing Germany in the Best Foreign Language Film category at this year’s Oscars, it’s to little surprise that Paramount Pictures have gained the rights for an English language remake, which will prompt a Hollywood heavyweight seemingly out of retirement.
Ahead of his 80th birthday in April, Jack Nicholson (The Shining/One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest) is showing he’s still going strong, claiming Peter Simonischek’s role of Winfried Conradi as he creates his outlandish alter-ego of Erdmann. This will be Nicholson’s first big-screen outing in almost a decade, after his second collaboration with As Good As It Gets director James L. Brooks back in 2010, How Do You Know.
A highly-regarded comedic actress as well as proving her worth in more dramatic fare recently through the likes of Welcome To Me and Nasty Baby, Nicholson will be joined by Kristen Wiig, fresh from her exploits in Paul Feig’s Ghostbusters reboot last Summer.
Completing the A-list line-up for this new version of Erdmann will be The Big Short director Adam McKay, who will be producing the film.
Remakes are consistently met with groans and apprehension, but the on-screen combination of Nicholson and Wiig nonetheless has us awfully excited. We’ll be keeping a keen eye on this one!
Source: The Wrap