Local comedy star Jose Garcia to topline


Canadian comedy hit “Starbuck,” which has already spawned a Hollywood remake, is set for a €8 million ($10.37 million) makeover in France.

The redo of the Quebecois pic will be helmed by Gaul’s Isabelle Doval and star local comedian Jose Garcia.

Alain Pancrazi and Odile McDonald at Paris-based Made in PM have acquired the makeover rights and have tapped Karine de Demo to write the adaptation.

The original “Starbuck,” which grossed an estimated $3 million in France, centers on a middle-aged man whose life is turned upside down when he learns he has fathered 533 children through sperm donation.

Quebec-born McDonald said the remake “will keep the same concept while pushing the comedy further and tweaking some of the storyline to make the characters more relatable to French audiences.”

News was first reported in film trade paper Le Film Francais.

Garcia is one of France’s biggest box office draws. The third installment of his “Why Would I Lie to You?” franchise grossed an estimated $38.9 million in Gaul. His latest film, Olivier Dahan’s soccer-themed laffer “Les Seigneurs,” has grossed $17.6 million since its Sept. 26 opening.

DreamWorks is producing “Starbuck’s” U.S. adaptation, “The Delivery Man,” starring Vince Vaughn, with the director-producer duo of the original Canadian pic, Ken Scott and Andre Rouleau.

McDonald said, “We think there is room for local remakes outside the U.S. — we’ve seen recent example of local comedy adaptations such as ‘Welcome to the South,’ the Italian makeover of Dany Boon’s ‘Welcome to the Sticks,’ which was highly successful.”

The French “Starbuck” will start shooting in spring in Paris.

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