StudioCanal and New York-based Abandon Pictures are in advanced talks to reunite on a remake of the 1975 romantic comedy Le Sauvage.
The partners will co-develop and co-finance the project, which Karen Lauder and Lizzie Friedman will produce, following their collaboration on the thriller remake And Soon The Darkness that receives its international premiere in Berlin next month.
Jean-Paul Rappeneau’s Le Sauvage originally starred Catherine Deneuve and Yves Montand and is in the vein of Romancing The Stone.
William Morris Endeavor Entertainment represents North American rights on And Soon The Darkness and has scheduled distributor screenings in early February. Marcos Efron directed the 1970 British thriller remake, which stars Amber Heard, Odette Yustman, Karl Urban and Adrianna Barazza and tells of a nightmarish cycling trip. Friedman, Lauder, Deborah Marinoff Marcus and Chris Clark produced.
“[And Soon The Darkness] was a great working experience in complicated conditions in Argentina and we look forward to doing another film with Karen and Lizzie,” StudioCanal executive vice-president of international production and acquisitions Ron Halpern said.
“We are excited to be working on our next project together with Ron Halpern, StudioCanal and Lizzie Friedman,” Karen Lauder said. “We had an extremely successful partnership with And Soon The Darkness and look forward to Le Sauvage being our second of several more films to come.”
StudioCanal is handling international sales on And Soon The Darkness and will distribute directly in its territories through its Optimum and Kinowelt divisions in the UK and Germany.