StudioCanal, Abandon Pictures in talks for redo

StudioCanal and Abandon Pictures are in advanced talks to team up again for a remake of the 1975 romantic comedy “Le Sauvage.”

The original starred Catherine Deneuve and Yves Montand and was directed by Jean-Paul Rappeneau.

StudioCanal and Abandon would co-develop and co-finance the project, to be produced by Karen Lauder and Lizzie Friedman.

The collaboration on “Le Sauvage” follows the companies’ partnership on “And Soon the Darkness,” starring Amber Heard, Odette Yustman, Karl Urban and Adrianna Barazza in a remake of the 1970 British film. The thriller follows two young women who go on a bicycling trip through rural Argentina with one disappearing and the other fighting to survive.

Marcos Efron makes his feature helming debut on “Darkness.” Friedman, Lauder, Deborah Marinoff Marcus and Chris Clark produced the project.

Domestic sales of the film are being handled by William Morris Endeavor Entertainment. StudioCanal has already sold many of the foreign territories for the film and will distribute the film directly in its territories through its Optimum and Kinowelt divisions in the UK and Germany.

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