Jack Nicholson, Kristen Wiig to Star in ‘Toni Erdmann’ Remake (EXCLUSIVE)

Jack Nickelson Kristin Wiig Tony Erdmann
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Jack Nicholson, who hasn’t appeared in a feature film since 2010, will star opposite Kristen Wiig in the English-language remake of “Toni Erdmann.”

Sources tell Variety Paramount Pictures has acquired remake rights to the Oscar-nominated film with Nicholson and Wiig attached to star.

Paramount had no comment.

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Adam McKay, who recently directed “The Big Short” for the studio, will produce along with Wiig, Will Ferrell and Jessica Elbaum of Gloria Sanchez Productions. Maren Ade, writer and director of the original “Toni Erdmann,” will exec produce the remake along with producers Jonas Dornbach and Janine Jackowski.

Paramount is still looking to attach a director and writer.

The original “Toni Erdmann,” starring Sandra Huller and Peter Simonischek, followed a practical joking father who tries to reconnect with his hard working daughter by creating an outrageous alter ego and posing as her CEO’s life coach. The German pic is nominated for best foreign feature at the Academy Awards on Feb. 26 and was also nominated for Best Foreign film at the Golden Globes in January.

Sony Pictures Classics acquired U.S. rights to the project last May following its debut at the Cannes Film Festival. It’s currently playing in limited release domestically.

“Toni Erdmann” is nominated for best foreign-language film at the 2017 Oscars. Sony Classics Pictures

Sources tell Variety that Nicholson, who turns 80 this year, was a huge fan of the original and approached Paramount’s Brad Grey with the idea and Grey immediately worked with the team at Paramount to secure the rights.

“Toni Erdmann” marks Nicholson’s first film since playing a role in the James L. Brooks dramedy “How do You Know,” which many in Hollywood thought could have been the actor’s last major film. He also starred in the 2007 film “The Bucket List” opposite Morgan Freeman.

The three-time Oscar-winner has been courted for a few films in recent years, including the Branch Rickey role in “42” as well as Robert Downey Jr.’s father in “The Judge,” but passed on both.

Wiig, who recently starred in the “Ghostbusters” reboot at Sony, can next be seen in Alexander Payne’s “Downsizing” opposite Matt Damon. She is repped by UTA.

Correction: An earlier version of this story reported that “Toni Erdmann” won the Golden Globe for foreign film in 2017. It was nominated for the award, “Elle” was the winner.

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  1. Paul says:

    I want to see this. But, please, don’t change the Romania setting. I want the “furry giant” at the end ;-)

  2. Vaclav Mraz says:

    Why you Americans have to destroy every good European film with your stupid cover version?
    Country gloryfiing multiculturalism, but with citizens who are not even able accept movie from another country. Better to make own simplified “redneck” version and then export it to country of origin as well. American is better, right? Let´s make whole world more suitable to American point of view.
    Oh… :-(

    • Nick says:

      Stupidity is apparently not exclusive to Americans and neither are remakes of foreign movies.

      Stork Day, The Beat My Heart Skipped, 12, Mean Machine, Nid De Guêpes, are all European remakes of American movies. India and Asia have remade hundreds of American movies (most of them terrible). And who could forget the Turkish Star Wars?

      12 Monkeys, The Departed, Insomnia, and Reservoir Dogs were all successful Hollywood remakes (and then Reservoir Dogs was remade again by Bollywood in 2012)

      Or then there’s Funny Games, which was remade for America shot for shot, by the same director.

      • Pat says:

        That’s true! Even Alfred Hitchcock remade one of his films and the ‘remake’ is his masterpiece “The man who knew too much”. And Michael Mann’s masterpiece “Heat” is a remake of his TV movie “L.A. Takedown”, which is only an O.K. movie-of-the-week.

        And, please, don’t argue with the ‘originality’ of the European ‘auteurs’:.. Luc Besson has been successfully sued by John Carpenter, because “Lockout” is a rip-off of his classic “Escape from New York”.

        And “Die innere Sicherheit” (2000) by German art house filmmaker Christian Petzold re-used the whole plot of Sidney Lumet’s “Running on Empty” (1988) without giving any due credit to the Oscar-nominated original screenplay by Naomi Foner Gyllenhaal (Jake’s mom). Petzold got a lot of acclaim and awards for a screenplay that was basically only a re-working of her story….These kind of ‘hidden remakes’ happen more often than you think. Some of the European ‘auteurs’ are just lazy thiefs.

        Of course “Toni Erdmann” is a unique and great film. But I bet you can make a funnier version out of the same material that appeals to an international audience, not just art house fans. Why shouldn’t they do that ? It doesn’t take away from the glory of the original. It only adds a variation for other audiences, who never would watch a 3-hour-long, foreign film.

  3. gabe says:

    yes jacks back

  4. edpascu@hotmail.com says:

    WTF ??!! IT’S ONLY BEEN A COUPLE OF WEEKS SINCE HE SAID HE WAS RETIRING.. LIKE ALL HOLLYWOOD SAY ONE THING DO ANOTHER. JUST LIKE ALL OF THEM LEAVING THE COUNTRY AFTER THEY LOST THE ELECTION.

  5. As has been historically proven countless times, the Leftist-mindset is an absolute scourge to Humanity and must be countered at every opportunity by those who embrace the ideals of Liberty.

  6. ASIA FOR THE ASIANS, AFRICA FOR THE AFRICANS, WHITE COUNTRIES FOR EVERYBODY!

    Everybody says there is this RACE problem. Everybody says this RACE problem will be solved when the third world pours into EVERY white country and ONLY into white countries.

    The Netherlands and Belgium are just as crowded as Japan or Taiwan, but nobody says Japan or Taiwan will solve this RACE problem by bringing in millions of third worlders and quote assimilating unquote with them.

    Everybody says the final solution to this RACE problem is for EVERY white country and ONLY white countries to “assimilate,” i.e., intermarry, with all those non-whites.

    What if I said there was this RACE problem and this RACE problem would be solved only if hundreds of millions of non-blacks were brought into EVERY black country and ONLY into black countries?

    How long would it take anyone to realize I’m not talking about a RACE problem. I am talking about the final solution to the BLACK problem?

    And how long would it take any sane black man to notice this and what kind of psycho black man wouldn’t object to this?

    But if I tell that obvious truth about the ongoing program of genocide against my race, the white race, Liberals and respectable conservatives agree that I am a naziwhowantstokillsixmillionjews.

    They say they are anti-racist. What they are is anti-white.

    Anti-racist is a code word for anti-white.

  7. Vox Veritas says:

    There is nothing new under the sun.

    Nothing.

  8. Logan Miller says:

    Hollyweird is just that. All those knuckleheads have exposed themselves for what they are. Anti-American turd burglars. You will NOT get a dime from me.

  9. Rick Jackson says:

    Creativity has been removed from younger generations. I truly believe GenX was the last great generation, who are in their 40s and early 50s now. GenY and GenZ (Millennials) grew up in the 1990s-2010s with computers and smart phones shoved in their faces to keep them occupied.

    The Y-Zs had creativity robbed from them. They stopped going outdoors and playing with imagination and instead stayed indoors glued to computers, the internet, game consoles, and TV shows. Now it’s instant gratification social media platforms creating even more attention deficit with smart phones. Things will only get worse as the older Hollywood generations retire and die off (X, boomers) in the coming two decades and the Y-Zs take over entirely. Hollywood is dying.

  10. herdofpugs says:

    Hollywood has made their hatred of the American people and our culture clear.
    They can hate me without my money.

  11. Tony says:

    Pleas jack,just Go away already

  12. obozo says:

    talk about your totally F’ up people…. is anyone belongs in a straight-jacket, it’s Jack the Idiot….

  13. january library says:

    Uh . . . . It’s GARY Sanchez . . Not Gloria

  14. Keepin' It Classy says:

    Lucky is obviously a laid-off Hollywood agent, trying to curry favor so he can find some B-lister to rep for 40%.
    Rex is waiting down in the basement for mom to heat his Hot Pocket.

  15. How many more “RE makes” are they going to do? What happened to the creativity of Hollywood?

    • Lucky says:

      I would respectfully offer a suggestion to widen your net for movie viewing, there were over 20 amazingly creative and original films I saw last year alone, you just have to keep an eye out. As far as remakes go, I think it’s valuable to have different cultural interpretations of unique stories, such as the new Scarface, which will offer a more topical and relevant view of our world today than the previous 2 versions.

    • Fyi says:

      This is why:

      Due to selling out and merges they do not have to pay license fees nor worry about copyright infringements if they do remakes and sequels. No care from them to give fresh works to anyone (paying movie goers) who are foolish enough to pay to watch stale regurgitated reworks and sequels of sequels.

  16. Tyler Lorne says:

    All Hollywood is capable of are prequels, sequels, remakes, re-dos, and comic book films really meant for 10 year olds.. And then they wonder why their product is so inferior

    • Bill B. says:

      I agree, but it’s the public’s fault. Prequels, sequels, remakes, comic book movies are what the public wants. There are original movies out there, particularly released during the later part of the year, but there is rarely the same kind of interest in them. When the public stops buying junk, they will stop making junk.

  17. Who cares? I’m staying home. There’s nothing Hollywood has to offer anymore. The enjoyment I used to get going to the movies has been stolen from me by the dorks of Holly-would-be-political-hacks. If only they had brains for partaking in reality rather than brains for fictional posturing by pretense.

    Where’s John Wayne, Hank Fonda and Jimmy Stewart when they’re needed? They’ve been replaced by Replaced by Cher, Madonna and Al Franken!! Heaven help Holly-would and us!!

  18. your 2 dads says:

    meanwhile…the rest of the country has moved away from hollywood and their trashy satanic stars.

  19. Doesn’t matter. Hollywood sold out to the Red Chinese, so I won’t be going to any movies until Hollywood rids themselves of the terminal cancer that is known as Liberalism.

  20. Ive been waiting so long for him to come back and make a movie ! So excited ! One of the best actors in the world. Miss you Jack !

  21. Me says:

    “The original “Toni Erdmann,” starring Sandra Huller and Peter Simonischek, followed a practical joking father who tries to reconnect with his hard working daughter by creating an outrageous alter ego and posing as her CEO’s life coach.”

    Who (and why) dreams up this BS?

    • Lucky says:

      Maren Ade, the director and screenwriter of the original, dreamt up this BS in order to express her art and provide the public with a unique, touching and hilarious family drama/comedy

  22. Lucia says:

    Why do so many movie projects sound like they are television movies (Lifetime or Hallmark) with more famous actors? Exactly who do they think is going to pay $$ to see this movie? Hollywood is seriously losing touch with its audience.

    • Lucky says:

      This movie will likely be marketed to those audiences who enjoyed films like “The Intern”, which nearly doubled its budget and provided some excellent counter-programming to blockbuster fare at its time of release. If it gets some awards buzz and is released appropriately then it will really clean up at the BO. I’d say Hollywood is doing just fine.

      • Lucia says:

        Or it could be The Guilt Trip with a popular star and a “beloved” veteran performer, parent/child comedy that barely made back its production budget. If Hollywood is doing fine its because the few over performing tentpole franchises are carrying the freight for losers like this.

  23. cimmerian77 says:

    “producer Will Ferrell….” Lol….
    What a joke.

  24. I didn’t believe it when I saw his ‘character’ picture on Drudge 16 report. More HOTEL JACK? No some show I’ve never heard of. I’m sure he’ll be crazy. He’s always crazy, probably playing a drunk. DUI

  25. Lucky says:

    Let’s do a side-by-side comparison when you’re 80 and then we’ll talk

  26. Decker says:

    Everyone on here getting so political, missing the point. The issue at hand is that the movie industry just plain stinks. Bad writers, poor camerawork with inferior camera techniques. I just saw parts of the Tilda Swinton one with Dakota Johnson which is a ripoff of Preminger ‘s directing style and there were barely any cuts, no closeups, just junk. Most directors who couldn’t move a horse. Hollywood has become either really lazy or ignorant to the fundamentals. Garbage actors and bad casting doesn’t help in the matter. Just really bad and a waste of good money. Of course times are weird and people are afraid of theaters but get a good film together and I’m sure people will come out. There’s some promise, the market crash one with Bale looked innovative in technique. People who know nothing about cinema shouldn’t comment on a film forum. This isn’t breitbart nor is it washington post. Yes, most big actors and Hollywood people are owned by big corporations that lean left but a movie is a movie and anyone to make political leaning films is just a plain idiot. Hitchcock was apolitical for good reason.

    • Wendy's Scream says:

      I hope you are joking. If you do not factually know the buying out of Hollywood, for example, by China, as of late, and if you do not know the political ties (made public to search yourself, and if you do not realize and not e the propagandizing of all things entertainment, then you should be commenting on only the popcorn to butter ratio in various movie houses.

      • To Decker says:

        Reply to Decker: study the National Endowment for the Arts and see where it diverted from art to politics, from free to be, to forced to be.

      • Decker says:

        It’s a valid point, and yes very efficient thinking that butter/tomato ratio is the logical route for such. Though there is nothing the average joe can do about it and pointing it out will not eradicate the problem. The hypocrisy here is that liberals who claim to be very big proponents on rights are the first to sell to the highest bidders. To keep it film related this is a lot like Dr. Zhivago, with Bolshevism, psuedoleft. In todays vernacular corporate cronyism. But crying out and protesting goes nowhere. Someone with good films, music, content can always start a new industry/movement from ground up and spread it. It’s still America. So what if that someone sells out. Anyone who can’t raise their children to discriminate against propaganda and submits to ignorance of the masses is a moron ingrate themselves. This is America, you can decide for yourself; a reason to be glad that the Right is currently in DC. The left is indeed owned. But I’m not political, so forgive my rant :)

    • Lucky says:

      Cheer up!

  27. PJFry says:

    Didn’t even realize he’d been gone so long. He’s one of those that are far more beloved by Hollywood itself than by the vast majority of moviegoers. At least he hasn’t been DeNiro-ing himself and taking anything that involves a camera.

  28. Wendy's Scream says:

    Dear Jack, All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy. The only “play” part in this script
    will be with when it is written to project the “made to be hated” hyped up opposition to the
    left’s agenda. But it goes deeper than that Jack, doesn’t it? You and Hollywood are owned.
    Sure, you, more than most can breathe ‘life’ into your carefully worded dialogue–but what
    kind of reach are you truly striving for in your craft? Is it a true thespian’s stretch with growth?
    Or is it a pulled back foot so you can give a well placed kick in the hearts and minds of
    nearly 1/2 the country (USA in case you forgot)? Or maybe it is this? Perhaps you are
    simply bending over?

    • Liza says:

      Not thrilled about this project, Wendy screams, but your pretentiously worded comment makes me wonder…

      what work have you done that is a “true thespian’s stretch with growth”? (Typing that absurd wording brings to mind Jon Lovitz’s Master Thespian.)

  29. Warren Rose says:

    Ditto, not going to the movies anymore now that I know that actors are for the most part communist agitators who hate the U.S. and it’s citizens. bye bye…. find someone else to fund your hypocritical lifestyle. OH ps…. maybe if you lived among the common and saw what we deal with on a day to day basis you wouldn’t be so idealistic with no reality.

  30. thejeffroe says:

    Sad state of affairs when they have to keep remaking content (movies, cable shows, television shows) due to lack of creativity or willingness to try something new. It’s just plain lazy.

    • Wendy's Scream says:

      Due to selling out and merges they do not have to pay license fees nor worry about copyright infringements if they do remakes and sequels. No care from them to give fresh works to anyone (paying movie goers) who are foolish enough to pay to watch stale regurgitated reworks and sequels of sequels.

  31. BobM says:

    I miss Jack but Kristen Wiig is in the movie so it has a less than 0% chance of being good. All she can do is eye-act. If it were a Shining remake with Kristen as Wendy, then she might finally star in a good movie, but the odds are still against it.

    • Squach 1 says:

      L O L yep.
      Saw her homely face beside Jack and was thinking instant career killer. She is good in Will Ferrell type comedies, but serioud roles…..lol no. Let’s hope Jack survives this.

  32. I’m 15 years old……Who’s this Jack guy ?

  33. Sources say Jack Nichlson is a big fan of the original, so much so that he felt he would do a sufficiently better job remaking it and making it appealing to an American audience seemingly incapable of watching a German film. Is this more damning of Jack, or American audiences?

    • Lucky says:

      I don’t think he’s trying to one-up the original film, it’s just a great premise with a couple of very juicy roles, why not shine a light on a little-seen German film (look at this 90+ comment section devoted to it)

  34. – next they will remake the best of all time movies, The Parent Trap –
    Libtards with money – a bad combo!

  35. RandH says:

    No thanks, I’m not going to the movies. When they learn to keep their political opinion to themselves maybe, but for now they are a major turnoff. Screw Hollywood

  36. Rex says:

    Hollywood shouldn’t be spending money on this remake! For shame! They should be spending it on a big budget movie commemorating the Bowling Green Massacre. The American people, indeed the people of the WORLD, are crying out to know the whole story behind this shocking, heinous attack on freedom and apple pie. But instead, Hollywood remakes a European film that doesn’t really need a remake, and the “masterminds” (thanks for correcting that, KellyAnne! Smooches!) behind an evil act of terrorism that claimed all those innocent women, children, seniors and cute widdo puppies in Bowling Green are practically getting a free pass by the fake media? Shameful, just . . . shameful.

  37. Ckc says:

    No thanks , I’ll pass on anything from hollywood for awhile

  38. JTLiuzza says:

    Another remake. Great!

  39. Jon Etnyre says:

    Anyone tired of the Oversaturation of SNL castoffs in movies? Goodness, give it a rest. They’re barely funny and are less accomplished at acting.

  40. Dan says:

    WOH CARES ?

  41. German comedies are always the best to remake

  42. Benjamin Turner says:

    “… which many in Hollywood though could be possibly be the actor’s last major film.”

    Editors: they’re a real thing

  43. Bill McWade says:

    I make it a point to not go to the movies.

    There is no reason to provide for those who call me DEPLORABLE.

    • Dennis Brian says:

      It’s more likely you can’t afford to go, Bill

    • TheRightIsWrong says:

      But you make every effort to post your thoughts on an ENTERTAINMENT WEBSITE. Must suck reading all this HOLLYWOOD news every … single … day and then not actually watching ANY OF IT WHATSOEVER and just sitting in a dark room instead. What a deplorable existence. Maybe it’s time to ditch the internet, Bill. It’s not doing you any favours.

      • From watching the Lunatic-Left smash and burn stuff at UC Berkeley and NYU to protest against free speech. What a looney existence. Maybe it’s time to ditch the movies and Hollyweird. They are not doing you any favours.

      • Rex says:

        What IS it with the right? They spend so much time reading about an industry they claim to have no interest in. So ridiculous . . .

  44. sailordude says:

    Jack needed something to do to forget about his Trump Derangement Syndrome?

  45. Michael says:

    All the best to Jack. Hope he hasn’t lost the common mans touch that made him great.

  46. Rex says:

    I see the supporters of the lying, scandalous, thin-skinned Billionaire-In-Chief and his Billionaire Cronies are once again poisoning the comments section of an ENTERTAINMENT WEBSITE while claiming to want nothing to do with the entertainment industry or it’s products. They’re like trained seals, seriously. And as EXPECTED, their most popular (and so typically misleading) argument is that the only kind of movies Hollywood — and America — makes are special effects extravaganzas and remakes. Man, you dummies REALLY need to get out more, and look beyond what you learn from Entertainment Tonight and other obviously superficial sources that dumb things down for you.

    • sailordude says:

      Obama is chilling out on a billionaires private island today. Read news much?

      • tdrag says:

        So Rexie, is it against the law to be a billionaire? Are you jealous of PRESIDENT TRUMP? Jealousy is an ugly emotion, so why don’t you just take an aspirin and lie down for awhile. Then go to work.

      • TheRightIsWrong says:

        He’s also NOT THE PRESIDENT anymore, and he’s also NOT A BILLIONAIRE.

        Read the news much? Or just the entertainment sites that cover the movies and TV shows your side professes not to watch?

    • Rex says:

      We’re living in verifiable renaissance for movies (even the gawdawful garbage spewed out by right-wing whackos!), but dimwits on the right want everyone to think that the only movies being produced are remakes and blockbusters, which is typical delusional thinking for them.

      • Rex says:

        Sorry, Johnniemayes, but you’re on the wrong side of history, bud. You Trump supporters just have no clue how little he’s actually going to accomplish, not just because of what a buffoon he is, but because he’s GIVING the opposition, and even his own party (!) so many wonderful opportunities to make him into a laughingstock.

        By the way, he’s NOT a true American patriot; he’s just very adept at telling the whacko right EXACTLY what they want to hear, even as he sets himself up to make even MORE money for his companies at your expense — especially all the ones overseas. It’s amazing that even after all his LIES and FAILURES already, you truly can’t see what’s coming. I feel for you, but don’t worry, it’ll be over soon enough once he’s impeached or driven out of office by his own party.

      • johnniemayes says:

        You’re wrong*

      • johnniemayes says:

        That’s hilarious. We both think each other are uninformed morons. Truth is only one of us can be right in such a disagreement and sorry to inform you, it’s you. Perhaps it’s time you reflect on your knowledge and where you obtain your information. Trump supporters vetted him a lot better than you idiots ever did. He’s a true American patriot and is bringing prosperity back to America.

      • TheRightIsWrong says:

        In spite of all these truths about the right, I do wish hope some distributor has picked up the ORIGINAL film for a North American theatrical run. Not that the troglodytes on the right would bother to acknowledge or see it, since it doesn’t fit with their narrative that all you can see in U.S. theaters are blockbusters and remakes. :D

  47. Dave Coleman says:

    Too bad Hollywood has to remake all these great foreign films. They should be simply subtitled and released. The originals are almost always way more interesting than the Hollywood do-overs.

    • Kevin says:

      I agree with you in principle, but for casual moviegoers it can be a good thing. For instance, I never would have heard of or seen Internal Affairs had Scorsese not remade it into the Departed. Same thing with the Birdcage. I will take an American adaptation that may or may not be great if it can lead to the original instead of the comic book nonsense.

    • chris reneegar says:

      Rex, ole buddy ole pal, guess what? Trump won and is YOUR PRESIDENT. So, show some respect and realize what he’s trying to do through all you nasty snotty protestors is take our country back from your side that was an inch away from destroying it. Normalcy is the order of the day….ole buddy ole pal.

  48. Bruce Kramer, M.D. says:

    I just hope this is truly the last time he says, “I’m back”…

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