Tom Hanks Nabs Remake Rights to French Film Summer Hours
by Ethan Anderton
February 17, 2010
In this sad remake/reboot/sequel obsessed industry, original stories truly suffer. Not only are high quality concepts passed over in favor of safe, established intellectual property, but lauded foreign films are often remade stateside in order to rake in an all-new audience who can't be bothered to read pesky subtitles. Yet another project of this sort comes from an unlikely source as Pajiba reports Tom Hanks and his Playtone Productions have picked up rights for an American remake of the French drama Summer Hours, the story of three children letting go of their childhood as their dying mother's home is evacuated of their belongings.
Tom Hanks isn't exactly the kind of guy to just grab something just to make money though, so maybe this story hit some of his heartstrings and he'd like to see this film (which seems to be more of an arthouse film to be loved by hardcore critics and film theorists as it stands at 92% on Rotten Tomatoes) made a bit more accessible and divorced of the focus on art and French culture. I haven't had a chance to see the original film yet, but if you're interested you can check it out on Netflix Instant right now. In the meantime, Playtone is still looking for a writer for the remake, so we'll be waiting to hear about any further development on this.
Uhh, if you're so concerned about anglo-centric Americans watching rip-off remakes instead of the brilliant originals with subtitles, why doesn't your website give a bit more coverage to non-Hollywood cinema? You know, before Hollywood acquires the remake rights...
Andrew on Feb 17, 2010
Pesky subtitles you say? Sorry but I don't like reading my movies, so sue me.
Ann on Feb 17, 2010
Maybe they should call it 'winter hours' and set it in Alaska. For the sake of Originality.
dex on Feb 17, 2010
Ethan, your complaints about remakes ring hollow if you hve not seen this excellent film! I have only seen one remake of a French film, I love the originals not the silly cash-ins. I'll make a point of seeing Summer Hours again to make up for your missing ten bucks. I wouldn't see another Hanks film for free. Hollywood, American films, bah!
Lou Judson on Feb 17, 2010
I'm up for anything with Tom Hanks.
SlashBeast on Feb 18, 2010
I hear that SUMMER HOURS was a rather boring movie.
Rosie on Feb 18, 2010
Why don't you watch it and find out for yourself before taking the time to post your opinion?
Chuck_wagon on Mar 21, 2011
I'm sure Tom thought so too. But it is not meant to be exciting, it is thoughtful and moving. Have YOU seen it? L
Lou Judson on Feb 18, 2010
I got to movies to escape literacy. French is freaking gay, give me english anyday.
Glass on Feb 23, 2010
wow. I bet your family is proud of you.
Chuck_wagon on Mar 21, 2011
Well, Hanks ain't cheap, so I guess the movie is going to be neither.
Shy Bladder Paruresis on Sep 6, 2010
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