Fox Japan, Fuji TV team on redo
Fox Japan and the Fuji TV network have announced the details of their joint Japanese remake of the hit 2004 Alexander Payne drama “Sideways.”Remake will be produced by Fox Intl. Prods., the studio’s new division overseen by Sanford Panitch. The pic, which is already shooting on location in California’s Napa Valley, stars Rinko Kikuchi (“Babel”), Kyoka Suzuki, Fumiyo Kohinata and Katsuhisa Namase. Kohinata, a much-in-demand character actor, is essaying the Paul Giamatti role of the wine expert, while Katsuhisa takes on the Thomas Haden Church college buddy part . Suzuki and Kikuchi play roles originated by Virginia Madsen and Sandra Oh, respectively. Cellin Gluck, the pic’s first-time helmer, has worked in various capacities on several Japanese pics, including post-production producer on the 2007 thriller “Midnight Eagle.” He has also worked as an assistant director on many Hollywood pics, most recently on “Transformers.” Fuji has produced a long string of hit pics, including the smash “Bayside Shakedown” franchise, but this is its first co-prod with Fox. Fox will release the pic in Japan next fall.