Paramount is just “Wild About Harry,” setting up a remake of the 2000 Irish drama-comedy with Guy Walks Into a Bar and Vertigo Entertainment.
Story revolves around a man who’s disliked by his wife and two teenage children until he’s put into a coma by a mugger and finds, when he comes to, that he can’t remember anything after his 18th year. His condition gives him the opportunity to right the mistakes he’s made in his life.
Guy principals Jon Berg and Todd Komarnicki will produce with Vertigo’s Roy Lee and Doug Davison. Michael Connolly of Mad Hatter Films will exec produce. Par exec VP Brian Witten is overseeing “Harry” for the studio.
The original film, produced by Scalia Prods., starred Brendan Gleeson as a TV chef who’s beaten up on the eve of his divorce hearing. “Wild About Harry” has “all the classic hallmarks of a great Hollywood story and is exactly the kind of hilarious and redemptive movie that we want to make,” Berg and Komarnicki said.
Par-based Guy Walks Into a Bar, which produced “Elf” as its maiden project, has set up comedies “The Manny” at Par and “Camp Sachem” at Revolution. Vertigo’s a producer on Disney’s upcoming “Dark Water,” starring Jennifer Connelly, and Sony’s “The Grudge” with Sarah Michelle Gellar.