Touchstone to remake German hit ’14 Days’

NEW YORK — Touchstone Pictures has made a deal to do an English-language remake of the German B.O. hit “14 Tage Lebenslanglich,” (14 Days to Life). The original film, produced by Werner Koenig, directed by Roland Suso Richter and scripted by Holger Karsten Schmidt, was nominated for five German Oscars. It starred Kai Wiesinger.

The premise can be easily adapted for the U.S. market. It’s about an egotistical criminal defense attorney who takes a 14-day jail sentence for unpaid parking tickets as a publicity stunt. Circumstances change and he’s suddenly in a maximum-security prison fighting for his life and his shattered career. Touchstone exec Todd Garner brought in the picture and will supervise it. He worked with Stan Wertlieb and Gordon Gray of Bedlam Pictures, who will produce the remake with Koenig. The producers were repped by ICM’s Dave Wirtschafter and Ben Smith.

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