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W.I.P gets ready for some Haneke Panky

There is something sacrireligious about the remake of a film, especially if it is from the hands of the exact same filmmaker, this applies to mostly everyone else unless your name is Michael Haneke. After Sony Pictures Classics profit-making pick-up with last year’s Cache (Hidden), the folks at Warner Independent Pictures are pulling out the checkbook for a multiple territory deal for he rights to Michael Haneke ‘s English-language debut.

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> Funny Games (remake)

> Warner Independent Pictures

> Michael Haneke

> Cache (Hidden)

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> Funny Games (original)

> Naomi Watts

> Tim Roth

> Michael Pitt

There is something sacrireligious about the remake of a film, especially if it is from the hands of the exact same filmmaker, this applies to mostly everyone else unless your name is Michael Haneke. After Sony Pictures Classics profit-making pick-up with last year’s Cache (Hidden), the folks at Warner Independent Pictures are pulling out the checkbook for a multiple territory deal for he rights to Michael Haneke ‘s English-language debut.

Having Naomi Watts on board certaintly helped in corning the buyers’ attention, but how viewers might react to such a shocking essay on violence is apparently not a major concern for the indie division. The original saw two well educated young men, which call each other Paul and Peter amongst other names, approach a German family on vacation. They are, apparently, friends of the neighbours, and at the beginning their real intentions are not known. The new version will take place in the Hamptons with Tim Roth, Michael Pitt, Brady Corbet and Devon Gearhart set to star.

Warner Independent Pictures have an interesting mix of films in the 07’ pipeline. They commence the year with the Billy Bob Thornton-starrer The Astronaut Farmer and fill out the rest of the slate with the Tim Hamilton comedy Mama’s Boy, the delayed Meg Ryan Rom Com
In the Land of Women (directed by Jonathan Kasdan), Mark Klein’s Melissa Bank’s short story adaptation of The Girl’s Guide to Hunting and Fishing and finally Marcos Siega’s drama Chaos Theory.

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Eric Lavallée is the founder, CEO, editor-in-chief, film journalist, and critic at IONCINEMA.com, established in 2000. A regular at Sundance, Cannes, and Venice, Eric holds a BFA in film studies from the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema. In 2013, he served on the narrative competition jury at the SXSW Film Festival. He was an associate producer on Mark Jackson’s "This Teacher" (2018 LA Film Festival, 2018 BFI London). In 2022, he was a New Flesh Juror for Best First Feature at the Fantasia International Film Festival. Current top films for 2023 include The Zone of Interest (Glazer), Inside the Yellow Cocoon Shell (Pham Thien An), Totem (Lila Avilés), La Chimera (Alice Rohrwacher), All Dirt Roads Taste of Salt (Raven Jackson).

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