News of talks between rights holder Fuji Television and DreamWorks emerged at the end of August. Fuji confirmed this weekend that the deal is now done.
The Jury Prize-winning original film directed by Kore-eda Hirokazu film was released in Japanese theaters this weekend by Gaga Corporation.
“When I saw the film at Cannes, I was so impressed by its power to bring such a human story to the screen. Here at DreamWorks Studios, Stacey [Snider] and our team recognized that it was a story we wanted to remake to bring to our audiences throughout the world,” said DreamWorks co-founder Steven Spielberg in a statement provided by Fuji. Spielberg was president of the Cannes competition jury this year.
“I am honored that a company such as DreamWorks will be developing my film for American audiences. I’m looking forward to working with Steven Spielberg, for whom I have great admiration,” said Kore-eda.
DreamWorks has not confirmed whether Spielberg intends to direct.
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The film was produced by Fuji TV, Amuse Inc., and Gaga. France’s Wild Bunch is handling sales in most international territories. U.S. rights to the Kore-eda film were acquired by Sundance Selects.