Warner Bros. Nabs Remake Rights to Irish Comedy 'Bachelor Weekend' (Exclusive)

The Stag - H 2013
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The 2013 film follows a group of Irish men who reluctantly agree to go on a bachelor party trip.

Warner Bros. has acquired the remake rights to Irish comedy Bachelor Weekend.

The original film, previously called The Stag, was directed by John Butler in his feature debut. Co-written by Peter McDonald, the story centers on a group of modern, sensitive Irish men who reluctantly agree to go on a stag weekend in the countryside. But their peaceful weekend enjoying the outdoors is interrupted when they're joined by the groom's obnoxious brother-in-law (McDonald), who stirs up plenty of trouble.

A "stag party" is the term used in Canada and some European countries for a bachelor party.

Rob Walpole and Rebecca O'Flanagan of Treasure Entertainment produced the original and will return as executive producers on the remake. Jon Berg and Jon Gonda are overseeing for Warner Bros.

The Stag first premiered at the 2013 Toronto Film Festival and was acquired in 18 territories, including North America, where it was distributed by Tribeca and renamed Bachelor Weekend. The comedy, which also played at the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival, was released in Ireland and the U.K. in March 2014.

THR's review at Toronto described the project as "a familiar but likable exercise in male bonding."

The deal for the remake was brokered by ICM Partners on behalf of Butler and McDonald.