Paul Haggis Remaking Spanish Movie 'Celda 211' for CBS Films
CBS Films is still trying to build up their repertoire, and that means pulling in bigger filmmakers. Deadline reports that CBS Films is currently finishing a deal to acquire remake rights to a Spanish film called Celda 211 (meaning just Cell 211, which is what it'll be called here) that has Paul Haggis (Crash, In the Valley of Elah) in the loop to adapt and potentially direct. Although Haggis writes a lot more often than directs, he's always got projects lined up ready to go. The original film was only released last year (watch a trailer), but swept the Goya Awards, which are essentially the Spanish Oscars, so it's got a lot of buzz behind it. Read on!
Celda 211 is an action thriller with a premise that "feels like the second coming of Die Hard." A newly hired prison guard wants to make a good impression on his boss, and leaves behind his pregnant wife and comes in a day early to get a tour of the place. When a brutal prison riot breaks out, he's knocked unconscious and when he awakens, the guard is forced to assume the role of a prisoner alongside the most dangerous killers alive. He tries to defuse the uprising and escape before the prisoners realize who he really is. That actually sounds pretty damn cool. Haggis' next film, The Next Three Days with Russell Crowe, arrives next month.