'The Artist' Director Michel Hazanavicius Headed on a 'Search' to 1948
How do you follow-up a triumphant, award-winning black & white silent film that Hollywood loves? Go back and remake a 1948 film! French director Michel Hazanavicius (interview), of The Artist as well as the two OSS 117 spy films, is reportedly lined up to direct a remake of Fred Zinnemann's 1948 film The Search, but will update the setting to contemporary "war-torn" Chechnya. Variety broke the news, which comes at a key time when Hazanavicius and The Artist are aiming for some big Oscar nominations (and maybe wins). But I also find it perfectly fitting that Hazanavicius chose a classic B&W film to remake for his next project.
The Search, the original 1948 film starring Montgomery Clift, is about a displaced mother's tireless search for her son, a young Auschwitz survivor, in the aftermath of WWII. Set in the Post-War Berlin, an American private helps a lost Czech boy to find his mother. "In the original film, the story revolved around a young boy who survived a concentration camp," said Michel, speaking at the Capri Hollywood Festival via Variety in Italy. "In my film, the focus will be on the special relationship between a woman and a young boy as well." Hazanavicius' wife and beautiful French star of The Artist, Bérénice Bejo, is attached as the female lead. Artist producer Thomas Langmann is also producing this film, which is already in early development.
Don't worry, for those of you who aren't the biggest fans of The Artist or won't even take a gamble on a B&W film, Hazanavicius promises this will be "totally different from The Artist" and be in color. This sounds like a fascinating follow-up for Hazanavicius, and I'm intrigued to see it no matter what. I've become a big fan of his simply following him on his press circuit for The Artist, interview him, and falling in love with his film. He's become a talked-about filmmaker in Hollywood and his next few projects will be closely watched, that's for sure. It also depends on how the Oscars play out these next few months. We'll be keeping an eye on this.