Montreal-based Max Films issetting up an English-language remake of its 2003 Quinzaine hit Seducing Dr.Lewis, with director Jean-FrancoisPouliot and screenwriter Ken Scott onboard to reprise their roles.
The new version is one offour-pictures being prepared by producers Roger Frappier and Luc Vandal toshoot over the next 18 months. Pouliot and Scott are also locked for the thirdpicture on the slate, Le GuideDe La Petite Vengeance (Revenge: A Users' Guide). The $6m (C$7.5m) black comedy will shoot in Quebec inJanuary 2006.
First up is the debutfeature of local filmmaker Stefan Lapointe, Une Simple Catastrophe, with abudget pegged at $2.7m. Christal Film will distribute in Canada. Next, set foran Oct 2005 shoot, is Out Of Z,the English-language debut of Quebecois film-maker Manon Briand (LaTurbulence Des Fluides), a $7.2merotic spy comedy.
The original French-languageversion of Seduction enjoyed strong box office at home - where it earned arecord-breaking $7.3m - and abroad, including 500,000 admissions in France andan impressive $500,000 in the US. The story follows the machinations of aremote fishing village that lures a doctor to live there in order to securemuch-needed company. Frappier said the new version will shoot in Newfoundland.
The company recentlycompleted a UK sale on the original with distributor DogWoof.
Max is in post-production onSaints-Martyrs-Des-Dammes, which is set for release in October throughChristal.