Neil Burger to Direct ‘The Intouchables’ Remake Starring Bryan Cranston & Kevin Hart

François Cluzet & Omar Sy

Kevin Hart and Bryan Cranston’s remake of the 2012 smash hit French comedy-drama The Intouchables has landed both a director and an official start date.

Neil Burger (The Illusionist, Limitless, Divergent) has taken over as director, replacing the previously in negotiations Simon Curtis (My Week with Marilyn) to helm the film from a new version of the script by Jon Hartmere.

Ghostbusters director Paul Feig penned the original version of the remake’s script before departing (as well as Tom Shadyac who was previously attached to direct Colin Firth and Chris Tucker in the starring roles).

Cranston and Hart boarded the developing project last spring. It will follow the original story about the unlikely friendship between a wealthy quadriplegic (Cranston) and his caregiver (Hart) who ends up restoring his desire for life. Written and directed by Olivier Nakache and Eric Toledano, the original film starred François Cluzet and Omar Sy, respectively.

The Weinstein Company has set a January 15 start date for its feature, with a release timeframe still to be determined. The English-language remake of The Intouchables will most likely shoot in New York.

Hart is the perfect fit to bring an American sensibility to a subtle, beautiful remake for the American audience who won’t read subtitles. Bad for Cranston, though, I wish he was doing something more creative and original.

Source: Deadline