French-Canadian cop comedy getting U.S. remake

Tue Nov 10, 2009 11:31pm EST
 
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By Borys Kit

LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - Sony Pictures has picked up the remake rights to the French-Canadian hit action-comedy "Fathers and Guns."

The film centers on two cops, father and son, who can't stand each other. They're assigned to infiltrate an outdoor adventure group-therapy camp for fathers and sons.

The adaptation will be developed and produced by Kathleen Kennedy and Frank Marshall.

Denise Robert and Emile Gaudreault, producer and writer-director, respectively, of the original film, also will produce the remake.

Released in Quebec this past summer as "De Pere en flic," the film gave Hollywood productions a run for their money. It beat out "Bruno" on opening weekend, took in two-thirds of the summer's ticket sales in French-language films in Quebec and outgrossed Hollywood fare by more than 50 percent. It's the highest-grossing French-language film ever released in Quebec and Canada.

(Editing by SheriLinden at Reuters)