Dutch Hit ‘Cool Kids Don’t Cry’ To Get Norwegian Remake

The film, about a soccer-crazy 12-year-old girl, has earned $2.5 million at the Dutch box office so far this year.

COLOGNE, Germany - Norwegian production company Cinenord has secured local remake rights to Dutch family hit Cool Kids Don't Cry, the story of a soccer-crazy 12-year-old girl who is unexpectedly diagnosed with leukemia.

Cinenord, whose credits include Totally True Love from director Anne Sewitsky (Happy, Happy) will develop a Norwegian-language remake of the Dutch original from director Dennis Bots.

Cool Kids Don't Cry has been a sleeper hit in the Netherlands, selling nearly 300,000 tickets for a box office take of some $2.5 million locally, making it the most successful Dutch film of the year so far.

Cool Kids' producers, the Amsterdam-based Rinkel Film, are reportedly also fielding remake offers from producers in the U.S. and Germany. Rinkel co-produced Cool Kids Don't Cry with Dutch group Bijker and Belgium group Living Stone.

Cool Kids screened at Toronto's TIFF Kids festival in April, where it won the Audience Choice Award and received an honorable mention from TIFF Kids' Young People's Jury.