EXCLUSIVE: LA-based Epic Pictures Group will finance and produce the English-language remake of François Ozon’s 2010 comedy Potiche. Catherine Deneuve starred in the original as a housewife who steps in to run her husband’s business when workers go on strike. Gérard Depardieu, Fabrice Luchini, Karin Viard, Judith Godrèche and Jérémie Renier also starred and Music Box released in the U.S. in 2011 with the alternate title Trophy Wife. The BAFTA-nominated film was based on the stage play by Pierre Barillet and Jean-Pierre Grédy and was set in a 1970s France on the verge of social and economic revolution. Epic intends to utilize the same themes and characters in the American take. Original producer Eric Altmayer of Mandarin Cinéma will exec produce. “Both the play and the movie have been extremely successful in Europe and we felt it is time to bring this universal story to the U.S. and globally,” Altmayer says. The remake will be produced by Epic’s Shaked Berenson and Patrick Ewald. Says Berenson, “It was important to François Ozon and Eric Altmayer that we are on the same page creatively. Bouncing ideas at Mandarin’s Paris offices, it felt like a natural partnership for the next step of this franchise.” Here’s the trailer for the original:
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