Another round of half-baked remakes from the United States.
As if Hollywood didn’t have enough reboots already, the Danish film “Another Round,” which won the Oscar for Best International Feature Film in 2021 on Sunday night, could be remade in the United States starring Leonardo DiCaprio.
According to Deadline, DiCaprio and Jennifer Davisson’s production company, Appian Way, recently won the English-language remake rights to director Thomas Vinterberg’s film in an auction.
They allegedly beat out a slew of other high-profile bidders, including Jake Gyllenhaal and Riva Marker’s Nine Stories, as well as Elizabeth Banks’ Universal Pictures.
Although the competition was fierce, Vinterberg insisted on seeing DiCaprio in the role of an alcoholic high-school teacher dealing with midlife crises, which was played by Mads Mikkelsen in the Academy Award-winning production that premiered at LA’s Union Station and Dolby Theatre.
However, not everyone was on board with the project, as social media vultures pounced on the prospect of remaking a film that was still fresh in some people’s minds.
“Man, Hollywood thinks removing the subtitles is enough of a concept to warrant an adaptation,” one critic tweeted, dismissing the notion that subtitles might be a problem for American viewers. “I’d like to pitch Amelie without the subtitles. PLEASE Offer ME MILLIONS OF DOLLARS.”
“Let’s take this prestigious Danish film and remake it for profit,” another naysayer wrote, slamming obvious greed in US-based producers jumping on a project already riding high on an Oscar win.
Meanwhile, filmmaker Jessica Ellis (“What Lies West”) indicated that if the film succeeds, a reboot of one of DiCaprio’s biggest box-office hits will be appropriate: “Fine but Mads Mikkelsen gets to remake Titanic,” she wrote.
In addition to Appian Way, Endeavor Content and Makeready will create the new edition, with both companies funding the project.
Man, Hollywood thinks removing the subtitles is enough of a concept that merits an adaptation.
I wanna pitch Amelie, but sans subtitles. GIVE ME MY MILLIONS OF DOLLARS PLEASE. https://t.co/u6AZHal5Aw
— LatinXScreenwriter (@XScreenwriter) April 26, 2021
Fine but Mads Mikkelsen gets to remake Titanic.
— Jessica Ellis (@baddestmamajama) April 26, 2021
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