Director Kimberly Peirce Has a Friend Like Harry
Even though she’s hard at work on the Carrie remake, director Kim Peirce already has her next gig lined up. Yep, she’ll be able to add another notch to her remake belt when she puts her own spin on the French thriller With a Friend Like Harry, aka Harry, un ami qui vous veut du bien.
Variety reports that Maven Pictures has come on board to produce a remake of the French thriller With a Friend Like Harry with Kimberly Peirce attached to direct. Maven’s Celine Rattray and Trudie Styler will produce with Michell Krumm. Wentworth Miller is adapting the screenplay.
The French film, released in 2000, tells the story of a family man joined on vacation by an old schoolmate, Harry, whom he doesn’t remember. At first Harry seems to be just what the family needs with his carefree spirit and charm, but his efforts and advice eventually become more mysteriously menacing.
The original film — with the French title “Harry, He’s Here to Help” — centered on a middle-class couple, played by Laurent Lucas and Mathilde Seigner, who have a chance meeting with a high school acquaintance, portrayed by Sergei Lopez. The film won Cesar Awards including for Lopez as best actor and for director Dominick Moll and was nominated for the Palme d’Or at the 2000 Cannes Film Festival.
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