'About a Boy' Duo Teams to Remake Japanese 'Like Father, Like Son'
Late last summer, we got word that Steven Spielberg had picked up the Cannes Film Festival hit Japanese drama Like Father, Like Son from filmmaker Hirozaku Kore-Eda's for a remake here in the United States. Now the Americanized version of the story that took home the Prix du Jury prize has legs as Variety reports DreamWorks has hired Chris & Paul Weitz to script the film. The two previously teamed on the very different films American Pie and About a Boy, and while each also has their own independent directing careers, it doesn't sound like either of them will get behind the camera for this particular project. Read on!
For those who don't know, the original film follows Ryota, a man who 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." The story focuses on the emotions involved in the potential child swap, and it sounds like a truly original and moving tale.
Paul Weitz directed In Good Company, Admission, Being Flynn and Little Fockers while Chris Weitz directed Twilight: New Moon, A Better Life and The Golden Compass. Neither of them has all that sterling of a filmography, so maybe it's better that they're just writing the film. However, their collaboration on About a Boy and American Pie were both successes in their own way, and prove that they might be better when working together. Anyway, Spielberg isn't even attached as a producer; in fact, there are no producers involved at all. But at least DreamWorks is trying to get the project moving. Sound good?