In addition to the potentially ill-advised Toni Erdmann remake, there is another high profile European comedy slated to get an English-language adaptation despite the fact that it may be a challenge to translate for U.S. audiences. Ruben Ostlund’s 2014 film Force Majeure revolves around a family on a skiing trip in the French Alps who are thrown into conflict when the husband fails to react heroically during an avalanche. It’s not the most commercial premise in the world, but Will Ferrell (who is coincidentally producing the new version of Toni Erdmann) has just signed on to star alongside Julia Louis-Dreyfus in the remake. Hit the jump for more info.
According to Deadline, Will Ferrell and Julia Louis-Dreyfus will star in Downhill, a remake of Ruben Ostlund’s Golden Globe-nominated drama-comedy Force Majeure for Fox Searchlight. Nat Faxon and Jim Rash (The Way Way Back) will direct from a script by Jesse Armstrong (Four Lions). Julia Louis-Dreyfus has been attached to the project for a few years now and is also involved as a producer.
Faxon and Rash most recently directed The Way Way Back but they also wrote the script for Alexander Payne’s 2011 film The Descendants and directed a couple of episodes of Community together as well. Something tells me that the comedy from the original film will be amplified here, although whether that is a good thing remains to be seen. Do you have high hopes for Downhill?