Josh Hartnett will star in and Paul McGuigan will direct Lakeshore Entertainment's Wicker Park, the remake of Gilles Mimouni's French drama L'Appartement which starred Vincent Cassel, Monica Bellucci and Romane Bohringer.

Brandon Boyce has written the screenplay to the film. The long-gestating film is now scheduled to start production in October. Lakeshore chairman Tom Rosenberg and president Gary Lucchesi will produce the film.

MGM will release the film domestically and Lakeshore is handling international sales. McGuigan, represented by ICM, directed Gangster No 1 and the forthcoming The Reckoning which Renaissance Films financed and on which Paramount Classics is handling domestic distribution.

Hartnett also announced this week that he would star in the adaptation of Hunter S Thompson's The Rum Diary with Johnny Depp, Benicio Del Toro and Nick Nolte as well as the action movie Wish You Were Here. Both films are being produced by FilmEngine and sold internationally by Kathy Morgan International.