Miramax dogs ‘Roofus’

Chabat to helm remake of 'Didier'

NEW YORK — Miramax Films has given the greenlight to “Roofus,” an English-language remake of Alain Chabat’s “Didier,” a French comedy about a dog that is transformed into a man.

Chabat, who wrote, directed and starred in the original pic, will helm the remake from a script written by Peg Haller and Bob Schneider. Claude Berri, who produced “Didier,” will co-produce the new film with Miramax.

No talent has been attached to the project, but Miramax plans to begin shooting “Roofus” in the spring of 1998.

“Roofus” will be Miramax’s second remake of a foreign film. In March, the company’s Dimension genre banner will release Ole Bornedal’s “Nightwatch,” starring Nick Nolte, Patricia Arquette and Ewan McGregor. The film, which was scripted by Steven Soderbergh, is an English-language adaptation of the Danish pic “Nattevagten.”

The worldwide English rights to “Didier” were acquired for Miramax by senior vice president of acquisitions and co-production Agnes Mentre, veepee of production and development Julie Goldstein and senior vp of business and legal affairs Vicki Cherkas.

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