Marc Webb to Direct the Remake of Just Another Love Story
by Alex Billington
September 30, 2009
One of my favorite directors, Marc Webb (who guest blogged for us during the summer), has just been attached to another new project today coming off of the immense success of 500 Days of Summer. Webb is in negotiations to direct Just Another Love Story, a remake of the Danish thriller of the same name for Mandate Pictures. The original film, directed by Danish filmmaker Ole Bornedal, broke out at Sundance in 2008 and played at numerous festivals. I first saw it at Fantastic Fest last year and thought it was a good film, but not amazing. With Webb at the helm, however, he may be able turn it into something incredible.
Just Another Love Story, which is ironically not just another love story, is about a crime photographer who pretends to be the boyfriend of an amnesiac, only to face the wrath of the actual boyfriend when he finds out about the deception. He first meets her because he feels responsible for the car crash she gets in which puts her in a coma and causes her to lose her memory. Through some comedic moments her family thinks he's her boyfriend and he slowly comes to accept that and actually fall in love with her. It's a rather intriguing story and is ripe for a good American remake. No screenwriter has been named for this project just yet.
Most people probably haven't heard of Just Another Love Story, but having seen the film, I can say that it would be great in Webb's hands. Webb is an extremely talented director and I've been anxious to find out what his follow-up to 500 Days of Summer would be. I'm hoping it's this or Age of Rage or The Spectacular Now adaptation. Either way, I'm already getting impatient, I'm need of another great Marc Webb film stat!
500 days of summer was really good and if he directs this movie it well also be good, but i would wonder how much of a difference his view would be from the original movie which wasn't so bad.
LC on Sep 30, 2009
I love that poster in the picture. The title and then that picture makes you think "Wait, this can't be just another love story." And that is intriguing.
Dan W on Sep 30, 2009
While I love (500) Days of Summer, I really wish there hadn't become such an urge to remake so many great movies from overseas. "What's wrong with remaking a great movie for a different audience?" Nothing, inherently; it just bugs me. I'm not out to call movie studios or directors greedy by any means. Though money is of course a factor (it is a business, after all), I really just wish more people were willing to go "out of their way" to catch a movie from somewhere else in the world (as if an internet search and a movie rental is so hard, not to mention all of the indie/foreign theaters in both major and medium-sized cities). I wish it wasn't so, but I think language is a big factor. I suppose I may just be so against it because I myself really enjoy foreign films in their natural form, but it's also bugged me to hear people speak of movies like Brothers or Death at a Funeral - two relatively recent released here in America - and not have any clue that they have foreign counterparts that are better (and in the case of Death at a Funeral, WAY, WAY better). So we keep getting American remakes of foreign films. Not that it's really anything new, but now we have this on the way, Tell No One getting remade (and hopefully not slaughtered from it's beautiful original form). I hope The Lives of Others isn't next.
Why? on May 19, 2010
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