‘Taxi’ redux hails helmer

Bray to direct English version of 1998 French hit

This article was corrected on Mar. 20, 2002.

Hot off his feature helming debut with New Line Cinema’s “All About the Benjamins,” Kevin Bray will direct an English-language remake of the Luc Besson-produced action comedy “Taxi” for 20th Century Fox.

The original film was the story of a pizza delivery boy who puts his record for the speediest deliveries to use and becomes a taxi driver. Renowned for driving his fares at 135mph through 30mph zones, he’s finally caught by the police. In hopes of not losing his license and his job, he agrees to help a loser inspector who’s on the track of bank robbers.

In 1999, Fox and Besson agreed to develop an English-language remake of “Taxi,” which was a hit when it was released in France in 1998. That pic, which spawned two sequels, was written and produced by Besson and directed by Gerard Pires.

Jim Kouf penned the most recent draft of the upcoming remake’s screenplay. Fox VP production Emma Watts will oversee the pic’s development.

Prior to “Benjamins,” Bray was a vidhelmer with credits that included Brandy, Ben Folds Five and Jennifer Lopez & Marc Anthony.

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