Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Movie News: Hollywood to Remake 'Le dîner de cons'

No, you read this post's title correctly and you don't need to purchase a new pair of glasses. After ridiculing itself in its attempt to remake Asian horror films, Hollywood (I don't remember the last time I saw an outstanding comedy from Hollywood) will try to remake a film that is considered as a classic of French comedy. The film in question is Le dîner de cons (The Dinner Game), a hilarious comedy which won the 1999 César Awards for best screenplay (original or adaptation).

First of all, the Hollywood version of Le dîner de cons will be titled Dinner for Schmucks and directed by Jay Roach (Meet the Fockers). As for the script, it's described like this on IMDB: "An extraordinarily stupid man possesses the ability to ruin the life of anyone who spends more than a few minutes in his company." Moreover, the cast will include Paul Rudd, Steve Carell, Zach Galifianakis, Ron Livingston and Lucy Punch.

Finally, the film will be released in July 23, 2010. Besides, I'll leave you with this question: who, in the Hollywood version, would you like to see playing the American counterpart of the characters played by Thierry Lhermite (character: Pierre Brochant), Jacques Villeret (character: François Pignon), Francis Huster (character: Juste Leblanc), Alexandra Vandernoot (character: Christine Brochant) Catherine Frot (character: Marlène Sasseur) and Daniel Prévost (character: Lucien Cheval)?

By the way, in case you haven't seen the original version (what a shame if you haven't!), here's the trailer:

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