Ken Scott to pen, helm comedy; Rouleau to produce

DreamWorks has acquired remake rights to last year’s French-Canadian hit “Starbuck” and tapped original filmmaker Ken Scott to write and direct the comedy. Andre Rouleau will produce, while Scott Mednick will exec produce.

Studio is planning an accelerated production schedule, as casting has already begun, with filming skedded for later this year.

Story follows a middle-aged man whose life is turned upside down when he learns he has fathered 533 children through sperm donation. When a few hundred of the children express an irrepressible need to meet their father, he must decide whether he will step up and reveal his identity.

“We were completely charmed by the story in ‘Starbuck’ and saw the potential for a commercial remake with universal appeal,” said DreamWorks CEO Stacey Snider.

“Starbuck” was released in Canada in July and opened in a handful of international territories last year. Pic will open in New Zealand, Spain, Belgium, France and the Netherlands over the next several months.

Film won audience awards at the Palm Springs, Santa Barbara and the Sonoma festivals.

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