Richard Gere is negotiating to star in “Sleepwalker,” Intermedia’s remake of the Swedish/Norwegian thriller about a sleepwalking man who fears he is responsible for the sudden disappearance of his family.
Nick Kazan and Doug Wright wrote the script and Mark Johnson is producing. They’re looking to hook a director.
Gere would play the sleepwalker, who straps a video camera to his shoulder hoping to replicate the situation and solve a mystery that gets more complicated as a result.
The unorthodox format has drawn the attention of numerous stars and directors. Gere sparked to the rewrite that was done by Wright, and his ICM reps are negotiating a deal that will see him make the movie next spring.
Fresh from his Golden Globe-winning turn in “Chicago,” Gere is due to begin work shortly opposite Jennifer Lopez in Miramax’s remake of “Shall We Dance?.” He follows that in the fall with the Hyde Park/National Geographic pic “Emperor Zehnder,” which reteams Gere with “Primal Fear” director Gregory Hoblit.
“Sleepwalker” is the third Nordic film to take shape as a major Hollywood remake, following the Christopher Nolan-directed “Insomnia” and “Elling,” a project bought by Kevin Spacey’s Trigger Street that has A-list elements circling.
Johnson will produce “Sleepwalker” after he completes “The Alamo.” Intermedia’s Moritz Borman and Basil Iwanyk are exec producing along with John M. Jacobsen, who produced the original.