Pair of laffers for U.S. redo

NEW YORK — Having secured Stateside distribution rights to “Everybody Famous!,” the foreign-film Oscar nominee from Belgium, and “With a Friend Like Harry,” winner of four Cesars in France, mini-major Miramax is going one step further. It has bought remake rights to both features.

“Everybody Famous!” is a Dutch-language comedy, written and helmed by Dominique Druddere, about a Belgian factory worker who kidnaps a pop singer in an effort to advance his daughter’s singing career. It was produced by Otomatic in Brussels and Get Reel Prods. in Amsterdam.

“Harry,” helmed by Dominik Moll, is a comic thriller about a sociopathic stranger who insinuates his way into the life of a beleaguered family man, claiming to be a childhood friend. It was produced by French shingle Diaphana Films.

Miramax senior acquisitions veep Andrew Herwitz negotiated the deals for both pics.

Jacques Le Glou negotiated on behalf of Mercure, sales agent for both pics, with the Gersh Agency repping helmer Druddere and Keren Baynes repping Diaphana.

Miramax holds North American English-language distribution rights to “Everybody Famous!” while “Harry” has already been in theaters for several weeks. Pic had grossed $450,656 as of May 6.

The Miramax remake of “Everybody Famous!” will be overseen by senior veep of production Amy Slotnick. Director of development Michelle Sy will oversee the new version of “Harry.”

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