In a mid-six-figure deal, Twentieth Century Fox has hired “Haven” helmer Frank E. Flowers to adapt and direct an English-language remake of Beto Brant’s Brazilian thriller “The Trespasser.”
Original pic, based on the novel by Marcal Aquino, won the Latin America Cinema Award at Sundance in 2002. It tells the story of two businessmen who hire a hitman to do away with their third partner, only to find themselves being blackmailed by their assassin and losing control of their prized company.
The new pic is being produced by Laura Bickford (“Traffic”) and by Flowers’ ex-Firm manager Aleen Keshishian (now at Brillstein Grey) and current Firm production head, Julie Yorn. Also producing are Lauren Versel and Peter Rawley, who had originally acquired the remake rights via their Lucky Monkey shingle.
Original Brazilian pic was produced by Renato Ciasca and Bianca Villar.
This time around, “The Trespasser” will be set in Miami’s ritzy South Beach area. In an interview with Daily Variety, Flowers said he was intrigued “by the really interesting way Miami distributes wealth: Five blocks from a trendy, high-end neighborhood, you find what can only be called really shitty houses.”
Flowers said he also selected Miami for its high concentration of successful, Cuban ex-pats — a demographic unique to the area and one that serves the pic’s high-stakes business storyline.
Fox’s president Hutch Parker is overseeing its development with Fox senior VP of production Robbie Brenner.
Flower, who’s repped by William Morris and Brillstein Grey, has his new film “Haven” unspooling for U.S. distribs later this month.