Steven Spielberg Picks Up Japanese 'Like Father, Like Son' for Remake
by Ethan Anderton
August 28, 2013
This past May, director Steven Spielberg served on the jury for the 66th Cannes Film Festival, and it turns out his time spent overseas might result in a new project being set up at DreamWorks. Deadline has word that Spielberg's studio is negotiating with Fuji TV to land the remake rights to Hirozaku Kore-Eda's Japanese drama Like Father, Like Son (Soshite Chichi Ni Naru) for a remake here in the United States. The film ended up receiving the Prix du Jury prize at Cannes, and Spielberg is currently without a project to direct, so will the Oscar nominated filmmaker behind last year's Lincoln sit in the director's chair this time?
DreamWorks is saying that Spielberg doesn't have any intentions of directing the remake, and the deal is only to get the remake rights for the project. For those who haven't heard of the film, here's the official synopsis from Cannes:
Ryota has earned everything he has by his hard work, and believes nothing can stop him from pursuing his perfect life and living as a winner. Then one day, he and his wife, Midori, get an unexpected phone call from the hospital. Their 6-year-old son, Keita, is not their son - the hospital gave them the wrong baby.
Ryota is forced to make a life-changing decision, to choose between "nature" and "nurture". In the meanwhile, seeing Midori’s devotion to Keita even after learning his origin, and communicating with the rough yet caring family who raised his blood son for the last six years, Ryota also starts to question himself: has he really been a "father" all these years?
Things get interesting when the couple tries to get their son back from the less wealthy family. Like Father, Like Son will also play at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival, and it sounds like this could be the kind of drama that gets some awards attention with the right cast and director. We're not sure if DreamWorks is trying to keep secret, but this would be quite a compelling film for Spielberg to direct. For now, we'll just have to take the studio at their word and wait to see what happens after they acquire the rights to the film. Otherwise, who knows what Spielberg will do next?