Sam Worthington Headlining a US Remake of The Candidate
by Alex Billington
July 21, 2009
Australian actor Sam Worthington is looking to become a producer, too. THR announces today that Worthington is attached to star in a remake of the 2008 Danish thriller The Candidate directed by Kasper Barfoed. Summit Entertainment picked up the rights in a package deal sold with Worthington attached as a producer as well as the lead actor. First-time screenwriter Beau Willimon will pen the screenplay. In The Candidate, a defense attorney goes on the hunt for a group of blackmailers when he is suddenly accused of murder. It's apparently a "nothing-is-what-it-seems fantasia" kind of story reminiscent of The Game.
Although this remake is gaining steam in Hollywood, the original Candidate still hasn't even received US distribution (similar to the situation surround [Rec] and Quarantine). And in case you are worried that Beau Willimon can't write as well as John D. Brancato and Michael Ferris (the two who wrote The Game), he's the one who wrote the play "Farragut North" which is being adapted into a movie and he also adapted Peter Morgan's TV series "The Jury" into a feature screenplay. Based on the concept alone for The Candidate and Worthington's involvement, I'll be keeping a close eye on this as it develops. Thoughts?