Paul Haggis back at Lionsgate

Writer-director remaking French film 'Pour Elle'

Writer-director Paul Haggis and Lionsgate are reuniting on "The Next Three Days," a thriller adapted from the French movie "Pour Elle."

Lionsgate acquired the remake rights to the original, written and directed last year by Fred Cavaye, from Wild Bunch and Fidelite Films. It starred Diane Kruger and Vincent Lindon as a married couple who face a harrowing situation when the wife is imprisoned for murder.

"I'm looking forward to exploring the depths of faith and the limits of love," said Haggis, who will write and direct the film as well as produce along with his Highway 61 Films partner Michael Nozik and Fidelite's Marc Missonnier and Olivier Delbosc. Highway 61's head of development, Eugenie Grandval, brought the project to the company.

Haggis' "Crash" was distributed by Lionsgate in 2005 and went on to win Oscars for best picture and original screenplay.

"As both a writer and director, Paul brings keen insight into the workings of the human animal," LGF production president Alli Shearmur said. "It's going to be a real treat to see what he does with an unpredictable thriller like 'The Next Three Days.' "

Shearmur and vp production Wolfgang Hammer are overseeing for the studio. Filming is scheduled to begin in August.

Haggis, repped by CAA and IPG, wrote and directed "In the Valley of Elah" and co-wrote "Casino Royale," "Quantum of Solace" and "Flags of Our Fathers."

Lionsgate has released "Tyler Perry's Madea Goes to Jail," "My Bloody Valentine 3-D," "The Haunting in Connecticut" and "Crank: High Voltage" this year. The company will open "Gamer" and "Tyler Perry's I Can Do Bad All by Myself" in the fall.