Kimberly Peirce to Remake French Thrilller 'With a Friend Like Harry'
Right now Boys Don't Cry and Stop-Loss director Kimberly Peirce is busy directing Chloe Moretz on the new adaptation of Stephen King's classic story Carrie, but the filmmaker already has another future project lined up down the road. Variety has word that Peirce is attached to direct a remake of With a Friend Like Harry, a French thriller released back in 2000 which tells the story of a family man joined on vacation by an old schoolmate, Harry, who he doesn't remember. At first Harry seems to be just what the family needs with his carefree spirit and charm but his efforts and advice eventually become mysteriously menacing.
Maven Pictures, who is getting ready to debut their first film, Imogene with Kristen Wiig, at the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival in September, is behind the film, and actor Wentworth Miller ("Prison Break") is adapting the French film for Peirce. Miller has been making a career for himself as a writer with Stoker, from director Park Chan-wook ad starring Nicole Kidman and Mia Wasikowska, on the way at Fox Searchlight. This new project sounds like it could be very interesting, and even though it's a remake, some idea imported from Europe turn out to make great American films.