With Kimberly Peirce currently busy filming a remake of Brian De Palma‘s horror classic “Carrie,” it looks like she’s cast her eye on another redo, this time on something a bit more contemporary from across the pond.
Variety reports that Peirce is now attached to direct a remake of the hit French thriller “With a Friend Like Harry.” The film, originally co-written and directed by Dominik Moll, is a Hitchcockian thriller that follows Michel, who one day runs into Harry while on vacation. Harry is someone he doesn’t recognize, but who claims they went to school together. He eventually tells Michel enough from his past that he becomes convinced Harry indeed knows him, but it’s only the start of the relationship, which begins to turn to some dark places. The film played In Competition at Cannes in 2000 and went on to earn nine César nominations, winning four awards including Best Actor and Best Director. So why is this worth paying attention to?
Well, it turns out the script is by none other than Wentworth Miller. The “Prison Break” actor has been making some new waves with a screenwriting career, with his Black List “Stoker” landing in the hands of “Oldboy” director Park Chan-wook, who is making his English-language debut with the flick featuring an all-star cast (Nicole Kidman, Mia Wasikowska and more). So that certainly adds an interesting flavor here. And while we wish Peirce, the writer/director behind “Boys Don’t Cry” and “Stop-Loss,” would get another new original project up, the reality is the movie landscape has changed so much that perhaps she’s more inclined to work rather than go through the process of trying to mount an indie flick that could take years.
So we’ll see where this goes, but we’ve got cautious optimism about this.