Weinstein Co. to remake French film 'Untouchable'

Fri Jul 8, 2011 6:04pm EDT

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LOS ANGELES (TheWrap) - The Weinstein Company has acquired the French language movie "Untouchable" -- and the rights to remake it in English, the studio announced Friday.

It's the kind of movie the Weinstein Co. loves: an improbable tale -- based on actual events -- of the friendship between Philippe, a wealthy paraplegic, and Driss, the street tough he hires to help him negotiate life.

The deal gives the Weinstein Co. rights in North America, the U.K., Australia, New Zealand, Scandinavia, South Africa and China and distribution rights for pan-Asian satellite television.

Eric Toledano and Olivier Nakache directed the movie, which stars Francois Cluzet ("In the Beginning," "Tell No One") as Philippe and Omar Sy ("Those Happy Days") as Driss.

The Weinstein Co. expects to release the movie in the U.S. in 2012. Quad Films produced "Untouchable" and the Weinstein Co. acquired it from French movie studio Gaumont.

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