Universal Germany Remaking French Hit Comedy 'Babysitting'

The French 'Babysitting' film earned more than $18 million in France in 2014.

Rat Pack, producer of German mega-hit 'Fack Ju Gohte,' will adapt the French film for a 2018 release in Germany.

Universal Germany and Munich-based producer Rat Pack are adapting the French found-footage comedy Babysitting for the German market.

Granz Henman, director of German comedy Knallharte Jungs (2002), will helm the remake, which Rat Pack and Universal will produce. Universal Pictures Germany will bow the film in Germany, Austria and Switzerland in late summer 2018.

Christian Becker (The Wave) will produce for Rat Pack and Universal. Henman is adapting the original French script with Michael Gantenberg, Max Benrath and Frederick Schofield. Universal/Focus Features acquired the German remake rights from the original French producers Christophe Cervoni and Marc Fiszman.

This is the second Babysitting remake in the works. Earlier this month, an English-language adaptation was announced, which The Inbetweeners director Iain Morris will helm. Angry Films, Moonriver Content and Entertainment One will finance and produce the English Babysitting film, which will shoot in New York. Angry Films’ Don Murphy and Susan Montford and Moonriver’s Xavier Marchand with eOne financing and also producing. Cory Kaplan will co-produce.

Philippe Lacheau and Nicolas Benamou directed the original French Babysitting, about a 30-year-old man who gets more than he bargained for when he agrees to babysit his boss' arrogant son. When the boy's parents return home, they find the house wrecked and piece together the night via a video recording of the events. The French film grossed $18 million for UPI in France and spawned a sequel in 2015.

Correction: An earlier version of this story incorrectly referred to the English-language remake of Babysitting as a British film. It will be an American remake.

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