Kevin Hart and Bryan Cranston’s remake of the French box office smash The Intouchables has landed a director.
Neil Burger, who’s known for helming The Illusionist, Limitless, and Divergent, has signed on to direct the English-language remake of The Intouchables, EW has confirmed. Olivier Nakache and Eric Toledano directed the original 2011 French version, which was an international box office hit, raking in more than $426 million worldwide.
Cranston and Hart are set to play the roles originated by François Cluzet and Omar Sy, starring as a wealthy quadriplegic (Cranston) and his caregiver (Hart), who strike up an unlikely friendship. Jon Hartmere penned the remake script.
The original’s international box office success, included a $10 million gross in North America. The Weinstein Company distributed the original French version in the States and soon acquired the English-language remake rights. The project has almost gotten off the ground multiple times over the last few years, and at one point, Ghostbusters director Paul Feig was on board as the film’s writer and director. (Colin Firth and Chris Tucker were also reportedly in talks for the lead roles several years ago.)
The Weinstein Company has set a January 15 start date for The Intouchables. Deadline first reported the news.