Cannes: 'This Crazy Heart' Getting Remakes in Spain, Mexico, China (Exclusive)

Constantin Film
'This Crazy Heart'

Marc Rothemund's German feel-good hit, about a rich 30-something forced to care for a 15-year-old heart patient, will also be redone for France and Turkey.

This Crazy Heart, last year's breakout German-language hit from director Marc Rothemund (Sophie Scholl: The Final Days), is going to Spain. And China.

The film is getting local-language remakes in several territories, including China, Spain, Mexico and Turkey. The dramedy, in the vein of About a Boy, follows a rich, irresponsible 30-something forced to care for a 15-year-old heart patient. 

Germany's Constantin Film, which produced the original, earlier inked a deal for the French adaptation of Crazy Heart with Dimitri Rassam’s Paris-based Chapter 2. The original film, which features German superstar Elyas M'Barek as the spoiled 30-something and Philip Schwarz as the young cancer patient, grossed close to $20 million locally.

Constantin, best known internationally for its blockbuster Resident Evil franchise, has been building up its remake business. No manches Frida, the Mexican adaptation of Constantin's schooldays comedy Fack ju Goehte, earned a combined $23 million in Mexico and the U.S. A second No manches Frida is in the works.

The adaptation business also runs in the other direction for Constantin as well. The company is working on German versions of Italian box-office hit Perfect Strangers and French drama Le Brio, the original of which starred Daniel Auteuil.

 

A version of this story appears in The Hollywood Reporter's May 13 daily issue from the Cannes Film Festival.