Wes Anderson To Write My Best Friend

May also direct remake of French film

Now that he’s almost finished with his sojourn into animation with The Fantastic Mr. Fox, Wes Anderson is ready to get back into the world of live-action.

But the Rushmore auteur has thrown us yet another curveball, by signing on for his first remake.

My Best Friend will be a redo of the 2006 Patrice Leconte film, Mon meilleur ami, in which a cantankerous antiques dealer discovers that none of his closest acquaintances actually like him. Desperate to produce a best friend so he can win a lucrative bet, he enlists a cab driver to pose as his best chum. Hilarity, or at least the occasional chuckle, ensues.

At the moment, Anderson has signed on merely to write the adaptation, although he’s eyeing the film as a directing vehicle too. Certainly, this tale of people who should really know better making utter tits of themselves should be right up his street. We’re already casting Owen Wilson as the cab driver…

The movie is the latest collaboration between Universal and Imagine Entertainment, with Brian Grazer and Agnes Mentre on board as producers.