Berlin: 'Toni Erdmann' Producer, Director Will Not Work on Remake

Toni Erdmann - H 2016
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Komplizen Film, which produced the original German-language hit, said it was "in negotiations" on a remake, apparently contradicting reports that Paramount has done a deal for a U.S. version of the Oscar-nominated drama.

Toni Erdmann director Maren Ade and the film's producers have distanced themselves from reports of an upcoming U.S. remake of the Oscar-nominated German hit.

Komplizen Film, the Berlin-based company that produced the original drama, said they "were in negotiations" over a possible remake of Toni Erdmann but that no deal had been signed. Furthermore, the company said Thursday in a German statement (translated by The Hollywood Reporter), “if there is ever a remake of Toni Erdmann, neither Maren Ade nor Komplizen Film will play an active role [in the new movie].”

That appears to contradict media reports earlier this week that Paramount had secured remake rights to Toni Erdmann, with Jack Nicholson and Kristen Wiig attached to star as the father and daughter characters played by Peter Simonischek and Sandra Huller in the original. Ade and Komplizen Film partners Janine Jackowski and Jonas Dornbach were also named as executive producers on the reported remake, something the firm's statement denies.

"We're very happy with our film the way it is, the wonderful response from the moviegoers have seen it, the wonderful response, the numerous awards and our Oscar nomination," Jackowski and Dornbach said in a statement.

Paramount could not immediately been reached for comment.