DreamWorks is moving ahead with its remake of Japanese child-swap drama “Like Father, Like Son,” bringing on the writing team of Paul and Christopher Weitz.
DreamWorks acquired English-language remake rights to “Like Father, Like Son” last year following the Cannes film Festival, where the film won a jury prize in competition and a commendation from the Ecumenical Jury.
DreamWorks partner Steven Spielberg was president of the jury at Cannes. Variety‘s Maggie Lee called the film “sublimely moving.”
The Japanese film, directed by Hirokazu Kore-eda with Masaharu Fukuyama starring, was produced by Fuji TV, Amuse Inc. and GAGA.
DreamWorks has not set the remake with producers. U.S. rights to the Kore-eda film were acquired by Sundance Selects.
The Weitz brothers teamed on directing and writing “American Pie” and “About a Boy”; Paul directed “In Good Company,” “Admission,” “Being Flynn” and “Little Fockers” while Chris directed “The Twilight Saga”: New Moon,” “A Better Life” and “The Golden Compass.”
Chris Weitz’s scripting credits include Disney’s upcoming “Cinderella.” The brothers also produce through their Depth of Field banner, with credits on “Admission,” “Being Flynn” and “In Good Company.”