Colin Firth and Cameron Diaz star in pic
CBS Films has acquired U.S. rights to comic thriller “Gambit,” starring Colin Firth and Cameron Diaz.The redo of the 1966 pic starring Shirley MacLaine and Michael Caine begins shooting in London this May with Michael Hoffman (“The Last Station”) directing a screenplay by Joel and Ethan Coen. Mike Lobell is producing alongside Crime Scene Pictures partners Adam Ripp and Rob Paris, who are also financing. Rizal Risjad exec produces. Firth will portray a London art curator who enlists a Texas rodeo queen, played by Diaz, in a scheme to con the richest man in England. Glen Basner’s FilmNation is handling foreign sales. It sold “Gambit” to Alliance Films for Canada, Spain and the U.K. a month ago in the first major deal of the Berlinale. In the 1966 original, Caine portrayed a Cockney cat burglar and MacLaine an exotic Hong Kong showgirl. The film was directed by Ronald Neame from a screenplay by Jack Davies and Alvin Sargent. CBS Films has released five pics since entering the distribution business a year ago. Its most recent release is “Beastly,” which debuted with $9.8 million last weekend. CAA set up financing for the project. Firth is represented by CAA and Independent Talent. Diaz is repped by CAA, Rick Yorn and attorney Marcy Morris. Hoffman, Ethan Coen and Joel Coen are represented by UTA.