Julia Louis-Dreyfus to Lead Fox Searchlight's 'Force Majeure' Remake
Even though the Swedish drama Force Majeure wasn't eligible for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Film, it was still one of the best international offerings of 2014, winning a bunch of awards that are the Swedish equivalent of the Oscar, as well as the Un Certain Regard jury prize at last year’s Cannes Film Festival. The film is available on Netflix Instant now, but for those who just can't handle subtitles or would rather see the same story adjusted to your own American sensibilities, THR reports Fox Searchlight has picked up the rights to remake with "Veep" and "Seinfeld" star Julia Louis-Dreyfus in talks to star.
Here's the trailer for the original Swedish film directed by Ruben Ostlund:
For those unaware of the film, the story follows a family staying at a resort in the French Alps. When an avalanche suddenly threatens the resort, the patriarch completely abandons his family, thinking only of himself. But when everyone comes out on the other side safely and they're all reunited, his desertion of them when the family needed him the most creates a rift that may be irreparable. I haven't gotten a chance to check out the original film yet, but I've heard nothing but good things. This sounds like a James L. Brooks or Cameron Crowe style family drama, and those don't get made much anymore.
Of course, the question is whether or not an American remake can shake a stick at such a revered foreign film. While there are certainly respected and acclaimed remakes of foreign films, The Departed and Let Me In are recent fine examples, they usually don't end up being as good as the original. It's a shame that foreign films that become critical darlings can't get an audience simply because audiences need to be wooed by well-known Hollywood stars and the English language. Anyway, it's early days on the project with no director or writers attached yet, so we'll see how long it takes this one to get off the ground.