The Weinstein Company has acquired from Gaumont all rights to Untouchable, Quad Films’ French-language drama starring Francois Cluzet (who won the Cesar for Tell No One) and Omar Sy (Those Happy Days). The film has not yet been released in France.
TWC purchased all rights in North America, the U.K., Australia, New Zealand, Scandinavia, South Africa and China, plus distribution rights for pan-Asian satellite TV and remake rights to co-finance and co-produce an English-language film in partnership with Gaumont and Quad Films. TWC plans a 2012 U.S. theatrical release.
Untouchable is directed by Eric Toledano and Olivier Nakache, produced by Nicolas Duval Adassovsky, Yann Zenou and Laurent Zeitoun, and written by Eric Toledano and Olivier Nakache. The official synopsis is below:
Based on a true story, UNTOUCHABLE follows the unlikely friendship between wealthy paraplegic Philippe (Cluzet) and Driss (Sy), a guy from the street. When Philippe appoints Driss as his right-hand aide, he counts on Driss’ pitiless, strong-arm approach to keep their relationship functional and straightforward. What neither expects is the friendship that develops between the two men. Inspiring, heartbreaking and outright hilarious at points, UNTOUCHABLE follows their journey of self discovery, as both men uncover aspects of themselves that they never would have believed existed.
“Occasionally, you find a story that translates universally, and Untouchable is a perfect example,” said Harvey Weinstein, TWC co-chairman. “We look forward to bringing this beautiful and entertaining film to a worldwide audience.”