In the sea of updates pouring out of ComicCon, trying to cut through the din with an announcement about a Lasse Hallström film almost seems like a waste of time. Variety reports that Hallström has signed to direct a remake of the French film Anthony Zimmer. The original was released in 2005 and was directed by Jérôme Salle; it centered on a tourist in Paris who is recruited as a stand-in for a money launderer on the run. The film starred Sophie Marceau as his mistress, and Yvan Attal as the unsuspecting traveler.

Canal Plus, which also produced the original, has signed with Spyglass to co-produce Hallström's remake and Julian Fellowes (Gosford Park) has already written a script that, by the sound of it, has made only a few minor changes. The story now focuses on "an American tourist who finds his life in danger when a female Interpol agent uses him as a dupe to flush out an elusive criminal with whom she once had an affair."

Just last month Ryan had reported that Halstrom was signing on to direct the comedy Finn at the Blue Line with Sarah Jessica Parker, so it seems like he's on a roll lately. The Finn announcement was only the latest in a series of films Hallström has committed to; including a Christmas Carol remake, and a rom-com titled Sammy. Throw in his adaptation of Daughter of The Queen of Sheba and the Royal Physician's Visit, and he's going to have a tight schedule. Zimmer is slated to start shooting on location in Europe early 2008.
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