Revered Austrian auteurMichael Haneke is to take his English-language bow, it was announced in Cannesyesterday. He is remaking his 1997 film Funny Games, but the setting will now be the Hamptons. NaomiWatts is to star.

The film is about amiddle-class family on holiday who are terrorised by two young men.

Chris Coen of HalcyonPictures, Hamish McAlpine of Tartan Films and Hengameh Panahi of CelluloidDreams Productions are jointly producing the remake. Johanna Ray is the castingdirector.

Watts is repped by CAA,Untitled Entertainment and attorney Steve Warren. Michael Haneke is repped byFrancois Samuelson of Intertalent.

Tartan will be releasing thefilm in the UK. Celluloid Dreams will handle world sales.