Uni is Imagine's 'Best Friend'


Universal Pictures and Imagine Entertainment have acquired the rights to remake the 2006 French comedy hit "Mon Meilleur Ami."

Imagine's Brian Grazer will produce "My Best Friend" through his Universal-based shingle alongside Tazora Films' Agnes Mentre.

The original film, directed by Patrice Laconte, opened late last year and grossed $5.5 million in its first three weeks in France.

The story centers on Catherine, who refuses to believe that her business partner, the unlikable Francois, has a best friend, so she challenges him to set up an introduction. Scrambling to find someone willing to pose as his best pal, Francois enlists the services of a charming taxi driver to play the part.

Universal's Erik Baiers will oversee for the studio.

Karen Kehela Sherwood, David Bernardi and Nikki Levy are shepherding the project for Imagine.

No talent is attached.

UTA brokered the deal.