StudioCanal, Abandon eyeing 'Le Sauvage'

Duo in talks to remake 1975 French screwball comedy

After tackling a redo of the 1970 British film "And Soon the Darkness," StudioCanal and Abandon Pictures are talking about reteaming to remake the 1975 French film "Le Sauvage."

Screwball comedy "Sauvage" starred Catherine Deneuve as a woman seeking to escape her engagement and Yves Montand as a middle-aged man who helps her and finds that he can't get rid of her.

StudioCanal and Abandon would co-develop and co-finance the project, to be produced by Karen Lauder and Lizzie Friedman.

"Darkness" stars Amber Heard, Odette Yustman, Karl Urban and Adrianna Barraza. The thriller follows two young women who go on a bicycling trip through rural Argentina. When one of the girls disappears, the other one must fight to survive the harrowing landscape and the killer.

The two companies hope to partner on several more projects.

Distribution screenings for "Darkness" will begin early February for the domestic sale of the film, which is being handled by William Morris Endeavor. The international premiere of the film will take place at the upcoming Berlin Film Festival.
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