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The classic Steve McQueen prison break movie Papillon is getting the remake treatment.
Red Granite is the company behind the project and has hired Danish helmer Michael Noer to direct.
Aaron Guzikowski, who wrote the Denis Villeneuve-directed thriller Prisoners, penned the new the script.
The original movie was based on the the story of Henri “Papillon” Charriere, played by McQueen, a petty criminal who is unjustly convicted of murder in 1930’s France and condemned to life in a notorious South American penal colony. En route, Papillon meets a quirky convicted counterfeiter Louis Dega, played in the original film by Dustin Hoffman. In exchange for protection, Dega agrees to finance Papillon’s prison escape, ultimately resulting in a lasting friendship.
The movie was was based on a memoir by Charriere.
Red Granite’s Riza Aziz and Joey McFarland are producing along with Ram Bergman and Roger Corbi.
David Koplan, Yan-Fischer-Romanovsky, Joshua D. Maurer, Terrence Chang and Martin Hellstern will exec produce.
Red Granite is the production and financing entity behind movies ranging from Martin Scorsese’s Oscar-winning drama The Wolf of Wall Street to Dumb And Dumber To. With the talent lined up for Papillon, the project sounds like it could skew more towards the Wolf end of their spectrum.
Noer is part of a new wave of celebrated Dane filmmakers that are hitting the shores of Hollywood, which counts A Royal Affair’s Nikolaj Arcel and Land of Mine’s Martin Zandvliet among it.
Noer, whose work has a cool and gritty tone to it, began his career in documentaries and then made his feature debut with 2010’s award-winning prison drama R, co-directed by Tobias Lindholm. He is also known for Northwest, a gang drama, that also was a hit on the festival circuit.
He is repped by CAA and Alan Wetheimer.
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