Miramax lines up 'Train' remake

Billy Bob Thornton circling project

NEW YORK -- Miramax is producing an English remake of Patrice LeConte's French drama "Man on the Train" with writer Daniel Taplitz and producer Bob Cooper.

Thomas Bezucha ("The Family Stone") is in negotiations to direct the tale of a drifter casing a conservative small town for a bank robbery. The man befriends an elderly professor who seeks to energize his life by becoming his partner in crime.

Billy Bob Thornton is said to be circling the project, but no actors have been set. It's hoped that production will begin this year once a cast is locked down.

Taplitz ("Chaos Theory") is adapting Claude Klotz's original screenplay to the 2002 film, which was released domestically by Paramount Classics. It won the Venice Film Festival award for best film and best actor (Jean Rochefort).

The project is Miramax's latest stab at a foreign film remake. The company also is heading into production with an adaptation of the Italian drama "Everybody's Fine" with Robert De Niro.