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Sony Wants To Remake A Prophet
Jacques Audiard's Oscar nominee will be adapted

06 June 2013  |  Written by James White  |  Source: Variety

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Tahar Rahim, A Prophet

If you hear the howls of the remake klaxon blaring in the distance, it’s because Sony and Fast & Furious franchise producer Neal Moritz have just snagged the English-language remake rights to Jacques Audiard’s A Prophet.

The deservedly acclaimed, Oscar-nominated 2010 original saw Tahar Rahim as Malik El Djebena, an illiterate French-Arab teen sent down for six years and initiated into the prison’s criminal underworld. A fast learner, he soon starts to plot his rapid rise through the violent and brutal inmate hierarchy to become a formidable player.

Moritz hopes that the new version can live up to the stellar standards of the original. “This is an epic crime saga with compelling characters and original storytelling,” he said in a statement picked up by Variety. “I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to make an English-language version of the film and I am grateful to have the trust of Jacques Audiard and his producers.” Presumably he won’t be having Vin Diesel jump out of a speeding car across a bridge to catch a flailing Michelle Rodriguez in this one.

There’s no word on who’ll be tasked with writing or directing, but we’re pretty certain it’ll need a lot of luck - arriving via a mysterious deer, perhaps - to improve on what came before.


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RE: it might work.
Oh dear, another absolutely pointless remake. The original more than likely will not be improved upon. More

Posted by Coyleone at 14:25 on 06 June 2013 | Report This Post

it might work.
A Prophet is one of my favourite films of the last few years, I think a remake could work as long as the the lead is mixed raced and with maybe De Niro in the Cesar role. More

Posted by con2013 at 13:19 on 06 June 2013 | Report This Post

Handled right, could be amazing.
The original is one of the best crime stories ever in my personal opinion. I think transposing to the States would be interesting because they would have an opportunity to talk about the U.S. penal system i.e. the abhorent 'three strikes' rule that can see a man go to prison for life for stealing a loaf of bread if he has two priors, or the fact that prisoners in the U.S. are essentially a slave labour force. This could be even more incendiary than the French original! More

Posted by Nicky C at 12:08 on 06 June 2013 | Report This Post

"Original story telling"... something your remake automatically cannot boast. More

Posted by Judge at 09:14 on 06 June 2013 | Report This Post

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