Scott Cooper Directing US Remake of Pablo Trapero's 'Carancho'
More foreign remakes on the way. There's a remake of Martyrs in the works as well, that Daniel Stamm just got attached to. Now Deadline reports that Imagine Entertainment is shopping the rights to a remake of the Argentinian thriller Carancho from Cannes this year. Attached to the project as director is Scott Cooper, who directed Crazy Heart, the film that got Jeff Bridges his Oscar. Writing it is Aaron Stockard, who worked with Ben Affleck on The Town and Gone Baby Gone. It seems like a solid indie project coming together, but of course the question is always asked - is this remake necessary? How many have seen Carancho anyway?
Carancho, which stands for Vulture, was directed by Pablo Trapero and debuted in Cannes earlier this year. The film revolves around an ambulance-chasing personal injury attorney (Ricardo Darin) who straddles the line between helping out unfortunate accident victims and exploiting them by skimming the proceeds for his employer. A larger conspiracy unfolds just as the lawyer is on the verge finding worth in his life after he falls for a young hospital doctor (Martina Gusman) that he meets working. I haven't seen the original, but I will say Cooper's direction was one of my areas of issue with Crazy Heart, so let's hope he can bring something unique to this remake. If you'd like to see the original Carancho, it'll be out next year from Strand Releasing.