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Toni Erdmann -- remake (D: Cholodenko) S: Kristen Wiig

Caught between my hate of American remakes of foreign films and my love of Jack Nicholson on this one. The original (as we'll now have to call it), is a brilliant film. But to see Jack back on the screen, doing this material, I don't know. I might have to get excited about it.

Jack Nicholson, who hasn’t appeared in a feature film since 2010, will star opposite Kristen Wiig in the English-language remake of “Toni Erdmann.”

Sources tell Variety Paramount Pictures has acquired remake rights to the Oscar-nominated film with Nicholson and Wiig attached to star.

Adam McKay, who recently directed “The Big Short” for the studio, will produce along with Wiig, Will Ferrell and Jessica Elbaum of Gloria Sanchez Productions. Maren Ade, writer and director of the original “Toni Erdmann,” will exec produce the remake along with producers Jonas Dornbach and Janine Jackowski.

Paramount is still looking to attach a director and writer.

The original “Toni Erdmann,” starring Sandra Huller and Peter Simonischek, followed a practical joking father who tries to reconnect with his hard working daughter by creating an outrageous alter ego and posing as her CEO’s life coach. The German pic is nominated for best foreign feature at the Academy Awards on Feb. 26 and was also nominated for Best Foreign film at the Golden Globes in January.

Sony Pictures Classics acquired U.S. rights to the project last May following its debut at the Cannes Film Festival. It’s currently playing in limited release domestically.


“Toni Erdmann” is nominated for best foreign-language film at the 2017 Oscars. SONY CLASSICS PICTURES
Sources tell Variety that Nicholson, who turns 80 this year, was a huge fan of the original and approached Paramount’s Brad Grey with the idea and Grey immediately worked with the team at Paramount to secure the rights.

“Toni Erdmann” marks Nicholson’s first film since playing a role in the James L. Brooks dramedy “How do You Know,” which many in Hollywood thought could have been the actor’s last major film. He also starred in the 2007 film “The Bucket List” opposite Morgan Freeman.

The three-time Oscar-winner has been courted for a few films in recent years, including the Branch Rickey role in “42” as well as Robert Downey Jr.’s father in “The Judge,” but passed on both.

Wiig, who recently starred in the “Ghostbusters” reboot at Sony, can next be seen in Alexander Payne’s “Downsizing” opposite Matt Damon. She is repped by UTA.
http://variety.com/2017/film/news/ja...ed-1201980617/
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Can't fucking wait to see this. It will be great to see Jack back on the big screen again. Never know when it will be the last time.

Now, if we could only have Gene Hackman come back & do one more film.
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and just for good measure Sean Connery too.
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Awesome.
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I've heard Nicholson has had some health issues in recent years, so kind of surprised to see this. Pretty solid casting for both parts.
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re: Toni Erdmann -- remake (D: Cholodenko) S: Kristen Wiig

Really? Jack coming back? That's great news, but I'm not counting my chickens yet.
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Thinking about this today the one thing that really struck me was the "surprise" in the original film and how it will be completely lost on this film if they try something similar. It was such an amazing moment. Seeing it at a film festival in front of a packed house, the place erupted when it happened. I assume they will do it again and just bank on the fact that most American's don't watch foreign films.
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So the original is a German comedy? No wonder I haven't heard of it.
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re: Toni Erdmann -- remake (D: Cholodenko) S: Kristen Wiig

Originally Posted by Hazel Motes
Caught between my hate of American remakes of foreign films and my love of Jack Nicholson on this one. The original (as we'll now have to call it), is a brilliant film. But to see Jack back on the screen, doing this material, I don't know. I might have to get excited about it.



http://variety.com/2017/film/news/ja...ed-1201980617/
Prepare to be even more thrilled!

LENA DUNHAM, JENNI KONNER IN TALKS TO WRITE “TONI ERDMANN” REMAKE FOR PARAMOUNT (EXCLUSIVE)
http://www.tracking-board.com/lena-d...unt-exclusive/
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I'm sure the nudity will be toned down in this version.
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man, fuck Lena Dunham. Jack deserves better. I could name a dozen female writers better suited to write this, starting with Maren Ade.
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So the original is a German comedy? No wonder I haven't heard of it.
It won a huge number of awards and has received a lot of critical acclaim, so it actually is fairly surprising.
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No fucks given by me I will never see anything with the disgusting human that is LENA DUNHAM.
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re: Toni Erdmann -- remake (D: Cholodenko) S: Kristen Wiig

Not thrilled about Nicholson. Hate me but I've only enjoyed him in a handful of films. This will turn into a "OMG! Jack's in a movie!" movie.
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The description makes this sound like Mike Myer's The Guru.

It's a REMAKE. You don't need a writer, you just need a translator. The only reason to hire a writer who is experiencing a moment of fame is to piggyback on that fame. That or they plan to make massive changes. Translation: Fuck it up royally.
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Re: Toni Erdmann -- remake (D: Cholodenko) S: Kristen Wiig

The english-language adaptation of German comedy sensation “Toni Erdmann” is still alive at Paramount, TheWrap has learned, but with some key changes in housekeeping.

Jack Nicholson is no longer attached to star as an errant father to a joyless daughter, despite reports to the contrary on Wednesday, one insider familiar with the project said. Kristen Wiig is still attached to star as the daughter, career-driven until her dad teaches her chaotic lessons about what matters most in life.

Lisa Cholodenko (“Olive Kitteridge,” “The Kids Are All Right”) is now stepping up to direct the project in addition to writing the adaptation — a role she took this Spring after former producing team Lena Dunham and Jenni Konner dropped out.

Nicholson spent a long time on the fence during early development, which would have brought him out of an 8-year movie hiatus. He last appeared in the 2010 James L. Brooks comedy “How Do You Know,” opposite Reese Witherspoon and Paul Rudd.

Wiig will also serve as producer. Representatives for Nicholson and Paramount did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

Maren Ade directed the original, which became Germany’s entry and subsequent nominee for the Best Foreign Language Oscar. It starred Peter Simonischek and Sandra Hüller as father and daughter.

News of Cholodenko’s escalated duties on “Erdmann” was first reported by Deadline Hollywood.
https://www.thewrap.com/lisa-cholode...lsons-co-star/
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German comedy.

Now that’s funny!
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That's too bad. Was really looking forward to this and could see him playing off of Wiig well.
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Re: Toni Erdmann -- remake (D: Cholodenko) S: Kristen Wiig

Originally Posted by Decker
Really? Jack coming back? That's great news, but I'm not counting my chickens yet.
Looks like we needed to hold that chicken.

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Re: Toni Erdmann -- remake (D: Cholodenko) S: Kristen Wiig

The original film is a fantastic movie. The only thing that had me really excited about this remake was the prospect of Jack having a great swan song. Now that he's out, so am I.
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Re: Toni Erdmann -- remake (D: Cholodenko) S: Kristen Wiig

Who is the favorite to replace Jack or who do people want to see replace him?

Maybe Pacino, De Niro, or Dustin Hoffman could be good choices.
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Re: Toni Erdmann -- remake (D: Cholodenko) S: Kristen Wiig

Originally Posted by JeffTheAlpaca
Who is the favorite to replace Jack or who do people want to see replace him?

Maybe Pacino, De Niro, or Dustin Hoffman could be good choices.
How about Gene Hackman.
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Nicholson was perfect for the role. Pacino and De Niro would be miscast. As would Hackman. Dustin Hoffman, maybe.

If not Nicholson, I think Gerard Depardieu would be an excellent choice. Maybe even Bill Murray.
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Re: Toni Erdmann -- remake (D: Cholodenko) S: Kristen Wiig

Originally Posted by Hazel Motes
The original film is a fantastic movie. The only thing that had me really excited about this remake was the prospect of Jack having a great swan song. Now that he's out, so am I.
Yup.
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Re: Toni Erdmann -- remake (D: Cholodenko) S: Kristen Wiig

If not Nicholson, I think Gerard Depardieu would be an excellent choice. Maybe even Bill Murray.
I think it would be hard to sell a movie with Gerard Depardieu as the lead in the U.S.

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