Mandate eyes Danish duo

Acquires remake rights to 'Substitute,' 'Love'

Mandate Pictures is going Danish.

The production banner has acquired remake rights to a pair of films from Danish helmer Ole Bornedal -- "The Substitute" and this year's Sundance buzz film "Just Another Love Story."

"The Substitute" has been set up at Columbia and is being developed separately from the main Mandate slate, under Ghost House Pictures, the genre label Mandate runs in concert with Sam Raimi and Rob Tapert. Raimi and Tapert will produce and Josh Donen, Nathan Kahane, Bornedal and Michael Obel will exec produce. Andrea Giannetti is overseeing for Columbia.

"The Substitute" centers on a sixth-grade class and its substitute teacher who turns out to be an alien. "Love Story" centers on a man who, after pretending to be the boyfriend of a woman who has amnesia, must elude the woman's revenge-bent actual boyfriend.

The projects marks the second time a U.S. studio could remake a Bornedal film. Dimension picked up remake rights to his 1994 Danish-language thriller "Nightwatch," about a morgue watchman suspected of a series of murders. Bornedal directed the English-language version, which was released in 1997.

"Love Story" could become a significant project for Mandate along the lines of "Abra Los Ojos," Alejandro Amenabar's Spanish-language romantic thriller which became the Cameron Crowe-helmed Tom Cruise-starrer "Vanilla Sky" in 2001.

English-language redos of foreign pictures have been popular in Hollywood of late, with German Oscar winner "The Lives of Others" and French hit "Cache" both acquired for remake rights.

Bornedal is repped by Endeavor and managed by Danny Sherman at Principal Entertainment.

Steven Zeitchik reported from New York; Jay A. Fernandez reported from Los Angeles.