Jugnot, Depardieu plan ‘Boudu’ redo

Remake to be co-produced by TF1, distribbed by Pathe

PARIS — Gallic actor-director Gerard Jugnot is set to helm a remake of Jean Renoir’s 1932 pic “Boudu Saved From Drowning,” and will co-star in it with Gerard Depardieu and Catherine Frot, producer GMT Prods. confirmed Wednesday.

“Boudu,” which has a budget of e12 million ($14.2 million), will be co-produced by TF1 and distribbed by Pathe.

Pic tells the tale of Boudu, a tramp who jumps into the Seine and is rescued by a bookseller who takes him home. Depardieu will play Boudu and Jugnot will play the bookseller. Lensing begins in June.

“Boudu” was remade in 1986 as “Down and Out in Beverly Hills.”

Jugnot is one of the most sought-after French stars at the moment. He was slated to direct “Asterix 3,” which has been put aside due to a dispute between producers Renn Prods. and Pathe and the rights-holders of the comic book series.

The helmer has directed more than half a dozen films, including the 2001 hit “Monsieur Batignole,” which starred Jugnot and sold 1.4 million tickets in Gaul. The pic also broke a five-year audience record in April when it aired on French web TF1.

Jugnot has appeared in more than 75 films, most recently starring in runaway hit “Les Choristes,” which has grossed $25.5 million since it opened March 17. Miramax recently acquired multiterritory distribution rights, including North America, for the pic.

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