La Boda de Mi Mejor Amigo will be directed by Celso García in Sony Pictures International Productions’ latest local-language remake of a classic property. A co-production with Zamora Films and Alameda Films, the Spanish-language adaptation of the 1997 Julia Roberts/Dermot Mulroney/Cameron Diaz starrer My Best Friend’s Wedding is targeting a 2019 release.
Ana Serradilla, Miguel Ángel Silvestre, Carlos Ferro and Natasha Dupeyrón star in the update on the original that grossed nearly $300M at the worldwide box office.
Shooting in Guadalajara and Mexico City, the film is adapted by Gabriel Ripstein from Ronald Bass’ original screenplay. Serradilla will play Julia, a renowned food critic who is terrified of commitment. Despite that, she made a promise with her best friend Manuel (Ferro) that if both of them were still single at age 35, they would marry each other. When Julia receives a call from Manuel that he is marrying someone else, she tries to stop the wedding at all costs, confident that she is the only woman for him.
The original My Best Friend’s Wedding, was released on June 20, 1997, from TriStar Pictures with a pre-Notting Hill/Erin Brockovich Roberts, and before Diaz told us there was Something About Mary. It also starred Rupert Everett as the fake fiancée who led a memorable rendition of Dionne Warwick’s “I Say a Little Prayer.”
Says Laine Kline, Head of Sony Pictures International Productions: “My Best Friend’s Wedding was not only a box office smash worldwide but a theatrical and cultural touchstone. You don’t often have the chance to remake and localize such an esteemed, successful and important film whose DNA is woven into the romantic comedy genre as we know it today. We are excited to retell this story for new and old audiences.”
The remake is produced by Daniel Birman Ripstein and Gerardo Morán and speaks to SPIP’s local-language ambitions. It most recently wrapped production on the Spanish-language remake of 50 First Dates, starring Vadhir Derbez and Ximena Romo and directed by Mauricio T Valle. The division’s latest release, Pad Man, debuted at No. 1 in India and has taken in $14.6M there. It also recently had a Russian hit with Ice, the romantic skating drama that set a new industry record as the biggest opening day for a local title ever.