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The Weinstein Company picks up UNTOUCHABLE

Joshua Brunsting

by: Joshua Brunsting
July 8th, 2011

Never one to rest on their laurels, The Weinstein Company is already getting their 2012 release slate ready.

The company has just announced that they’ve picked up the rights (all for North America, Australia, UK, New Zealand, Scandinavia, South Africa and China) and the remake rights (along with Pan-Asian Satellite TV Distribution) to the French thriller UNTOUCHABLE.

UNTOUCHABLE is helmed by Eric Toledano and Olivier Nakache, and stars TELL NO ONE star Francois Cluzet and Omar Sy. The film “follows the unlikely friendship between wealthy paraplegic Philippe (Cluzet) and Driss (Sy), a guy from the street. When Philippe appoints Driss as his right-hand aide, he counts on Driss' pitiless, strong-arm approach to keep their relationship functional and straightforward. What neither expects is the friendship that develops between the two men.  Inspiring, heartbreaking and outright hilarious at points, UNTOUCHABLE follows their journey of self discovery, as both men uncover aspects of themselves that they never would have believed existed.”

A 2012 release for the film is expected, with it appearing like a remake is also somewhere in the works at the studio. Looking like a film they’ll be saving for awards season next year, UNTOUCHABLE is a really intriguing project, given both its great cast and really interesting subject matter and plot. I haven’t seen the film, but the TWC acquisition is definitely one that peaks my interest.

What do you think?

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