Fox Searchlight Gets Rights to Remake 'The Bengali Detective' Doc

January 25, 2011

The Bengali Detective

Here at the Sundance Film Festival the people at Fox Searchlight have had a pretty big week. Not only did they debut their hilarious comedy Cedar Rapids, but they've also already acquired the indies Homework and Martha Marcy May Marlene. Now the distributor has made another Sundance deal, but this one is a little different. Fox Searchlight announced that they have picked up the rights worldwide feature remake rights to the documentary The Bengali Detective. The original film follows intrepid private eye Rajesh Ji as he investigates Calcutta's criminal underworld and pursues his dream of dancing on Indian television.

Fox Searchlight's President of Production, Claudia Lewis, said, "We adored this film and are delighted to have the chance to work with such entertaining, funny material. We were charmed by this story of a dedicated husband and self-made detective who dreams big," The film's director, Phil Cox, added, "We are thrilled that Fox Searchlight has fallen in love with our leading man Rajesh and his wild adventures as a detective in Kolkata. Fox Searchlight has an amazing track record of bringing stories set in India to a worldwide audience, and we are excited to be sharing this journey with them." We may or may not get a chance to see this documentary this week, but stay tuned for more coverage of the 2011 Sundance Film Festival right here. Thoughts?

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  • Natecsz
    How do you make a remake of a documentary? Do you follow the same guy around? Why not just release the original documentary?
    • Tyler Morgan
      Bingo. No other comments needed.




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