Mandate's Danish double

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."

"Substitute" is being developed separately from the main Mandate slate under Ghost House Pictures, the genre label Mandate runs with Sam Raimi and Rob Tapert.

"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.

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.