Wes Anderson Remaking the French Comedy My Best Friend
by Alex Billington
September 10, 2008
Universal has hired Wes Anderson to write the remake of the French comedy My Best Friend, aka Mon meilleur ami. The 2006 film starred Daniel Auteuil as a cranky old antiques dealer who learns at a dinner with his closest acquaintances that none of them really like him because of his harsh manner and selfishness. When his business partner bets him a valuable vase that he can’t produce a best friend, the dealer tries to get an amiable cab driver to pose as his buddy. Anderson may also potentially direct as well, but so far he's only writing. As much as I love Wes Anderson, I really can't see this being all that good.
Remarkably, I actually saw My Best Friend in theaters on a short trip to Los Angeles last year. Anderson, known for Bottle Rocket, Rushmore, and Darjeeling Limited, is still a very talented filmmaker, so that's not the problem. It's just that I can't see the story in this film being turned into another Anderson classic. I even really enjoyed The Darjeeling Limited, but that and all of his other movies seem like such a far departure from My Best Friend, that I just can't picture it. Maybe I'm being too harsh, but who knows? We'll find out soon enough. Brian Grazer is producing with Universal, so we'll see whether this does indeed turn into something a bit more colorful and entertaining. Does Wes Anderson still got it?