Maven Pictures eyes 'Carrie' director for redo of French thriller

Maven Pictures has come on board to produce a remake of the French thriller “With a Friend Like Harry” with Kimberly Peirce attached to direct.

Maven’s Celine Rattray and Trudie Styler will produce with Michelle Krumm. Wentworth Miller is adapting the screenplay.

The French film, released in 2000, tells the story of a family man joined on vacation by an old schoolmate, Harry, who he doesn’t remember. At first Harry seems to be just what the family needs with his carefree spirit and charm but his efforts and advice eventually become more mysteriously menacing.

Peirce is directing the remake of “Carrie,” starring Chloe Moretz and Julianne Moore, currently in production for Screen Gems and MGM with Kevin Misher producing. Miller’s upcoming horror/suspense film “Stoker” has been set at Fox Searchlight with Nicole Kidman and Mia Wasikowska set to star and Chan-wook Park to direct.

Maven’s first feature “Imogene,” starring Kristen Wiig, Annette Bening, Matt Dillon, and Darren Criss, is set to premiere at the Toronto Intl. Film Festival in September.

The New York-based banner also produced “Filth,” starring James McAvoy, Jim Broadbent, Jamie Bell, and Imogen Poots. That pic is currently in post-production.

The original film centered on a middle-class couple, played by Laurent Lucas and Mathilde Seigner, who have a chance meeting with a high school acquaintance, portrayed by Sergei Lopez. The film won Cesar Awards including for Lopez as best actor and for director Dominick Moll and played in competition at the 2000 Cannes Film Festival.

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