Dimension to remake 'A Matter of Size'

Comedy set in the world of sumo wrestling

CANNES -- Dimension Films is going sumo.

The company has acquired English-language remake rights to Israeli sumo wrestling pic "A Matter of Size."

The film, which made its debut at Tribeca last month, centers on an overweight Israeli restaurant employee who is turned on to the world of sumo wrestling by several co-workers at the Japanese eatery where he works, and discovers his weight can actually be an advantage.

The comedy-drama was a breakout among attendees and media at the New York fest.

Dimension topper Bob Weinstein called the film "touching and funny" and "a relatable story that will translate for American audiences."

David Permut will produce the remake, with Steve Longi and Neil Cohen co-producing.

The movie continues a renaissance of sorts for Israeli remakes. Miramax will soon release John Madden-directed "The Debt" and Overture is developing dark comedy "92 Minutes;" both projects are based on Israeli pictures.

Erez Tadmor and Sharon Maymon co-directed the original, while United Channels Movies controlled the remake rights.

K5 International is repping international rights to the original at the Festival de Cannes.