In 2002, French filmmaker and actor Patrice Leconte brought us Man on the Train -- the story of a teacher and thief who meet and befriend each other. As their friendship develops, they realize that they wish they had the other's life. The award-winning film is one that inspired Roger Ebert to say: "I have seen The Man on the Train twice, will see it again, cannot find a flaw." Of course, you know what that means! Stomach your groans and prepare yourself -- a remake is coming.

The Hollywood Reporter posts that Miramax is whipping up an English remake of the film. As of now, the only person signed on to the project is screenwriter Daniel Taplitz, the man who just brought us Chaos Theory. Thomas Bezucha (The Family Stone) is in negotiations to direct, and THR says that Billy Bob Thornton "is said to be circling the project."

I really enjoyed Chaos Theory, but I wasn't too much of a fan of The Family Stone. I'm sure, however, that they can make an enjoyable movie. But will it be one worthy of the original? I'm not convinced. Leconte excels at creating really excellent and dynamic friendships on-screen (think Mon Meilleur Ami), and while the films have mainstream comedy aspects, there's a depth to them that makes them more than just a normal comedy. But maybe they'll all surprise me and make it more than just your everyday comedy. Production is scheduled to begin later this year.
categories Movies, Cinematical