Yesterday, Pajiba reported that Tom Hanks' production company, Playtone, has picked up the rights to and is developing a remake Olivier Assayas' Summer Hours, a French film that made many critics' best of 2009 lists. In today's pitch, I'd like to dissuade Hanks and his co-producer on the project, Gary Goetzman (Where the Wild Things Are). But how is that a pitch, you wonder? Well, I have a different idea for them:

Make a MoMA-sponsored movie!

Assayas' film was the second in an ongoing -- and seemingly Juliette Binoche-contracted -- effort by Paris' Musee d'Orsay to produce a series of works by renowned auteurs. The connecting rule (aside from Binoche's casting?) is that each film must feature a scene in the museum. The first sponsored movie, Hou Hsiao-Hsien's Flight of the Red Balloon, features a school field trip to the Musee d'Orsay, while Summer Hours contains both a scene in the museum and a plot involving the institution's interest in a deceased artist's works.
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