Acclaimed German/Austrian comedy drama Toni Erdmann finally made it to UK cinemas last week, off the back of no shortage of acclaim.
The movie premiered at last year’s Cannes Film Festival, and is a strong candidate for a Best Foreign Picture Oscar, for which it’s been nominated. And now? A US remake is on the way.
The original movie, directed by Maren Ade, follows a father trying to get back in contact properly with his daughter. To do so, he creates a fictional life coach – that’d be Toni – who starts to cause no shortage of mayhem for his daughter’s work life.
No director or screenwriter has been attached to the production of the remake as of yet, but two major pieces of casting are already in place. Kristen Wiig is set to sign on the dotted line to play the daughter. And then, for the first time since 2007’s The Bucket List, Jack Nicholson will be taking the lead, effectively coming out of retirement to do so.
Nicholson, reports Variety, was a huge fan of the original film, and as such approached Paramount Pictures about securing the rights to remake it.
More on the new Toni Erdmann as we hear it…