Tom Hanks Nabs Remake Rights to French Film Summer Hours
In this sad remake/reboot/sequel obsessed industry, original stories truly suffer. Not only are high quality concepts passed over in favor of safe, established intellectual property, but lauded foreign films are often remade stateside in order to rake in an all-new audience who can't be bothered to read pesky subtitles. Yet another project of this sort comes from an unlikely source as Pajiba reports Tom Hanks and his Playtone Productions have picked up rights for an American remake of the French drama Summer Hours, the story of three children letting go of their childhood as their dying mother's home is evacuated of their belongings.
Tom Hanks isn't exactly the kind of guy to just grab something just to make money though, so maybe this story hit some of his heartstrings and he'd like to see this film (which seems to be more of an arthouse film to be loved by hardcore critics and film theorists as it stands at 92% on Rotten Tomatoes) made a bit more accessible and divorced of the focus on art and French culture. I haven't had a chance to see the original film yet, but if you're interested you can check it out on Netflix Instant right now. In the meantime, Playtone is still looking for a writer for the remake, so we'll be waiting to hear about any further development on this.