The phenomenon Intouchables in Italy with Medusa, who plans a remake
by Camillo De Marco
21/02/2012 - French phenomenon Intouchables [trailer] by the Eric Toledano - Olivier Nakache duo (see the review) will come out in Italy on February 24 in 300 copies (some in original language) with Medusa, which has bought the rights for Italy and is already thinking about a remake: "We are working on it and our ideas are quite advanced. We were seduced by the story and we wanted to treat a difficult subject, such as disability – not just physical, but also social – in a different way, with humour and without barriers", said the Medusa MD, Gian Paolo Letta, in the course of the press conference to present the film this morning in Rome.
This buddy-movie starring Omar Sy and François Cluzet, which in France totalled 18,977,000 ticket sales on February 14 and in Germany has become the greatest French success, with intakes of 30M, will also get an American remake, since independent producer Harvey Weinstein has bought the US rights and has also got Colin Firth earmarked for the role of paraplegic billionaire who becomes friends with his black carer.
The film’s music scores are by Italy’s Ludovico Einaudi, who declared himself pleased to have found a screenplay "with a subtle and elegant humour which supports a story that never falls into the trap of being overly soppy".
(Translated from Italian)