‘Kolya’ set to speak English

Miramax set for remake of foreign pic

Miramax Films has signed TV writer Jill Franklyn (“Seinfeld”) to pen an English-language version of “Kolya,” last year’s Oscar-winner for best foreign-language film.

“I’m really excited to do an American remake of ‘Kolya’ and bring the film to a much wider audience,” said Miramax co-chairman Harvey Weinstein. “Jill Franklyn is the perfect writer for this material, and we’re thrilled to be working with her.”

Directed by Jan Sverak and written by Zdenek Sverak and Pavel Taussig, “Kolya” tells the story of a Czech musician whose life changes after he reluctantly takes in an abandoned Russian boy. It was the first Czech film to be released by Miramax.

The deal was negotiated on behalf of Miramax by veepee for business and legal affairs Cary Meadow and exec veep of development and production Jack Lechner. Franklyn was repped in the negotiations by Sherwin Das of UTA.

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