Loft remake starts shooting
by Boyd van Hoeij
The enormous Flemish box-office hit Loft [+see also:
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Shooting started on the remake on Tuesday, and the Dutch version will be directed by Antoinette Beumer, whose The Happy Housewife [+see also:
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Filming on the adaptation will continue through August 8 on location in Amsterdam and in Belgium, where interiors will be shot.
The original was directed by Erik van Looy and written by actor-turned-screenwriter Bart De Pauw. The Dutch screenplay is from successful female crime novelist Saskia Noort, whose own novel, The Dark House, was turned into a successful film last year.
The film’s cast, which is quite large, as it tells the story of five friends and their wives and families, includes Barry Atsma, Fedja van Huet, Jeroen van Koningsbrugge, Gijs Naber, Kim van Kooten, Hadewych Minis, Lies Visschedijk, Katja Herbers, Anna Drijver and Sallie Harmsen.
The original sold over 1.2 million tickets in Flanders, making it one of the most impressive local successes in Belgian history.
Like the original, Independent Films will handle local distribution. The film is currently scheduled for a December 16 release.