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May also direct remake of French film

10 September 2008  |  Written by Chris Hewitt  |  Source: Variety

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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.

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Bill Murray is always worth seeing
If this comes to fruition, I think it would be nice to see Murray as the cab driver, with someone new to the Anderson-team playing the antiques dealer. Wes gets such great performances out of his actors - it would be nice to see him continue to branch out and work with new people. More

Posted by R.M.Parker at 03:43 on 21 January 2009 | Report This Post

After Bottle Rocket, Rushmore, Tenenbaums, Life Aquatic and Darjeeling I'll see anything he does. No matter what the plot or stars are. More

Posted by aaronwhat at 12:14 on 14 September 2008 | Report This Post

Murray! No Way!
Alan Arkin! More

Posted by Nicky C at 13:21 on 10 September 2008 | Report This Post

RE: Wes Anderson To Write My Best Friend
I quite liked jeeling Limitedught the sibling interplay was spot-on.   I'll be interested to see what Anderson does with this. I saw lleur ami ago, thought it was a decent film. The lead character (played by the always reliable Daniel Auteuil in the original) has the potential to be very unlikeable if not cast well. I'm not sure about Bill Murray though - his hangdog thing can get a bit schtick-y (I didn't buy into most of the plaudits he got for Flowersough he does obviously have a go More

Posted by Acho at 11:53 on 10 September 2008 | Report This Post

You have made my day! And britesparc- yes! to the Murray/ Wilson double act. More

Posted by Manifold at 10:43 on 10 September 2008 | Report This Post

He should cast Bill Murray as the antiques dealer, and I'm totally happy with Wilson as the cab driver. There we go, job done... More

Posted by britesparc at 09:51 on 10 September 2008 | Report This Post

Sweet
Despite being relatively disappointed with The Darjeeling Limited, I'll watch anything Wes Anderson has a finger in (that's what she said). Really looking forward to The Fantastic Mr Fox, and this remake sounds promising. Hope he does direct, though I hope he directs most things More

Posted by Jack'sSmirkinRevenge at 09:12 on 10 September 2008 | Report This Post

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