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Jack Nicholson to Star in ‘Toni Erdmann’ Remake

Paramount is producing the English-language take on Maren Ade's acclaimed film.

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Jack Nicholson will make his first silver-screen appearance since 2010 in Paramount Pictures’ English-language remake of “Toni Erdmann,” reports Variety. The actor will pick up where Peter Simonischek left off in Maren Ade’s acclaimed father/daughter drama, which  was recently nominated for both the Golden Globe for Best Foreign Film and the equivalent Academy Award. No word yet on who will take on the role originated by Sandra Hüller.

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“The Big Short” director Adam McKay is co-producing alongside Will Ferrell and Jessica Elbaum; Ade is co-executive producing the remake, which does not yet have a director attached. Nicholson, a three-time Oscar winner, last appeared in James L. Brooks’ “How Do You Know” seven years ago; his most recent starring performance was in Rob Reiner’s “The Bucket List” three years earlier.

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According to the Variety report, Nicholson so enjoyed “Toni Erdmann” that he approached Paramount’s Brad Grey, who quickly worked with others at the studio to secure the rights to remake the film. In the last few years, Nicholson passed on roles in “42” and “The Judge,” among others.

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why don’t they just release the original wide…I HATE that America is unable to pay attention to foreign cinema


    Who’s gonna go see a German movie? The common audience doesn’t go to the movies to read subtitles. With the occasional exception being Spanish movies, foreign features flop in the long run out here, it’s smarter to remake it if they want to see more profit.


This is terribly unnecessary, and I’d like to point out that Toni Erdmann didn’t win the Golden Globe, Elle did.

Joseph Angier

My big concern is that even indie filmmakers will find it hard to resist the temptation to give the remake the feel-good ending that Ade and Co. rigorously avoided. I hope I’m wrong.

    Joseph Angier

    I’m thinking here of the “Insomnia” remake. I actually liked it, but even Christopher Nolan felt that he had to reconfigure the story to add a redemption theme that was consciously kept out of the original.

Gerard Kennelly

@ Joseph Angier insomnia is the second foreign film that was disappointingly remade with pacino

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