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Craven eyes Miramax remake of 'Harry'

Wes Craven is in negotiations with Miramax Films to direct a remake of the Dominik Moll-helmed French pic “With a Friend Like Harry,” with Craven and producing partner Marianne Maddalena to produce via their Craven/Maddalena Films shingle.

No scribe or star has been attached to the remake.

“Harry” preemed at the Cannes Intl. Film Festival last year. With Miramax as its U.S. distributor, the pic has been playing in select theaters in New York and L.A.

Miramax Films’ co-prexy of production, Meryl Poster, senior veep Amy Slotnick and director of development Michelle Sy are overseeing the film for the stu-dio.

Original, penned by Moll and Gilles Marchand, and starring Sergi Lopez, Laurent Lucas and Mathilder Seigner, centers on a charming though psychotic man, Harry, who has a run-in with former schoolmate Michel and Michel’s wife, Claire. The vacationing couple, with three young daughters, is going through a tough period, and Harry’s attempts to help them gradually expose his murderous side.

Craven and Maddalena have also just brought “Junk,” a sci-fi family adventure pitch, to the Miramax genre label, Dimension Films.

Special effects guru Robert Kurtzman will direct “Junk.” Story centers on a group of children who find a buried treasure in a junkyard.

“Junk” was created with David Benullo and David Goldstein, based on a story by Michael McCarty. Benullo and Goldstein are writing the script.

Kurtzman, who directed “Wishmaster,” has extensive experience as a makeup and effects artist, earning credits on pics like “Ghosts of Mars,” “The Animal” and “Spy Kids.”

Craven-Maddalena Films veep of development Alix Taylor brought “Junk” to the shingle. Dimension development manager Sue Trenholme will oversee it at the mini-major with production co-heads Andrew Rona and Brad Weston.

Craven last helmed “Scream 3” for Miramax genre label Dimension Films. His shingle is developing “Drowning Ruth,” based on the novel by Christina Schwarz and adapted by Mark Kruger; a remake of “Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde” being penned by Craig Rosenberg; “The Fountain Society,” based on Craven’s novel and adapted by Amy Holden Jones, for Image Movers; and the gothic “Alice in Wonderful,” based on the vidgame “Gothic Alice,” created by American McGee, with Paul Rosenberg and Scott Faye of Collision Entertainment co-producing.

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