'Ace Ventura' Director To Remake 'The Intouchables' with Probably Colin Firth
No stranger to either cloying pseudo-comedy or redoing things already huge in France, Patch Adams and Nutty Professor director Tom Shayac is reportedly coming out of retirement to direct an English-language remake of 2011's The Intouchables.
Shadyac has been out of the Hollywood film scene since directing both Evan Almighty and I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry in 2007. That experience somehow left him unfazed and fine with continuing down that path, but that same year, he did end up concussed by what would be a life-changing bicycle accident. The crash left him with months of headaches and light sensitivity, and he gave away most of his money and possessions--a journey that he chronicled in the 2011 documentary I Am. The Weinstein Company's remake would bring him back into the narrative fold, just as it's already brought him back into wanting to have a bunch of money again, as Shadyac's negotiations are reportedly running long due to his wanting the kind of Liar Liar-sized paycheck he was used to.
The French original Intouchables was directed by Olivier Nakache
Éric Toledano, and starred François Cluzet and Omar Sy as, respectively, a quadriplegic and his reluctant new personal assistant. Forced to spend full days together, rich old whitey and servile black guy get completely Driving Miss Daisy'd with mawkish, race-and-class-bridging friendship. The audience smiles sweetly.
Though he's not signed, Colin Firth is reportedly circling the quadriplegic role, but Deadline notes there are still other actors chasing the part. Don't yet rule out Eddie Murphy pushing around... Eddie Murphy???