Studios acquire rights to remake French thriller

Miramax and Focus Features Intl. have snagged English language remake rights to Gallic thriller “Tell No One” from EuropaCorp and Kathleen Kennedy has come on board to produce.

Miramax and Focus will co-develop the project, still in early stages of development. No director or cast have been attached although a start date of spring 2010 has been tentatively set for principal photography.

The original French-language pic, centered on a doctor grieving for his dead wife who then discovers she may still be alive, was a surprise hit last year in the U.S. with grosses topping $6 million for nascent distrib Music Box. “Tell No One” also grossed $22 million in France and $2.3 million in the U.K.

EuropaCorp financed and co-produced “Tell,” the first film adaptation from prolific American novelist Harlan Coben.

Miramax will take domestic rights on the remake while Focus Features Intl. will retain all international rights with the exception of France where EuropaCorp will release the pic.

EuropaCorp is also in negotiations with a U.S. partner for an English-language remake of “District B13,” about an undercover policeman and former criminal trying to infiltrate a gang armed with a neutron bomb. That remake will be retitled “Brick Mansion.”

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