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Focus Features to Remake French Thriller ‘With a Friend Like Harry’ (EXCLUSIVE)

Focus Features has found a friend, acquiring remake rights to Dominik Moll’s French thriller “With a Friend Like Harry.”

Maven Pictures’ Celine Rattray and Trudie Styler are producing along with Michelle Krumm. Wentworth Miller is writing the screenplay adaptation.

The story centers on the titular Harry, who approaches a henpecked husband at a rest stop bathroom, claims to be a high school classmate, recites his teenage poetry and gives him a taste of a life he’s missed out on. Things take a sinister turn when Harry offers to remove the obstacles that prevent his new friend from being successful.

Rattray, Styler and Krumm set up the project in 2012 with Kimberly Peirce directing. Peirce is no longer attached.

The French film, released in 2000, starred Laurent Lucas, Mathilde Seigner and Sergi Lopez. Moll and Lopez won Cesar awards.

Maven was a financier on “Black Nativity” and “Filth.”

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