Filmmaker Tom Shadyac is in talks to take the helm on The Intouchables English-language remake for The Weinstein Company. Colin Firth is said to be circling a lead role, but nothing has been solidified at this time. We also reported in November that Silver Linings Playbook star Chris Tucker showed interest in starring as well.
Paul Feig (Bridesmaids) is writing the screenplay that follows an aristocrat who was paralyzed after a hang-gliding accident. He hires a young man from an urban environment to take care of him, as they both form a unique bond of friendship. The original film was one of the Best Foreign Language Film nominees at the Oscars last weekend.
Tom Shadyac started his career with a successful string of comedies such as Ace Ventura: Pet Detective, The Nutty Professor, Liar Liar, Bruce Almighty, and Evan Almighty. After he nearly died during a cycling accident, he left the business altogether, dedicating his life to more altruistic endeavors. His story was chronicled in the 2011 documentary I Am, which he directed. This will be his first narrative feature since 2007's Evan Almighty.
No production schedule was given for the remake.