'Handsome' was sleeper hit

PARIS — Gaumont has inked a deal with U.S. producer Diane Nabatoff to co-develop a U.S. remake of French sleeper hit “You Are So Handsome.”

Low-budget hick pic, produced by Film Par Film’s Jean-Louis Livi and Gaumont’s Sidonie Dumas, took sixth place at the French box office in 2005, nabbing 3.5 million admissions.

Pic’s scribe Isabelle Mergault’s helming debut also sold well internationally and has done brisk business in Germany — where it made E1.2 million ($1.6 million) at the box office — Spain, Belgium, Switzerland and Israel.

Deal with Nabatoff, who’s working on George Clooney starrer “White Jazz,” is valid for 12 months, Gaumont said. The French major did not give further details.

“You Are So Handsome” stars Michel Blanc as a widowed farmer who decides he must acquire another wife to cook and clean.

Despite his purely pragmatic intentions, his mail-order Eastern European wife brings romance into his life.

Gaumont recently reteamed with Livi and Mergault for her soph pic, “Enfin veuve” (A Widow at Last), which finished shooting in May and is slated for release in January.

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