‘With A Friend Like Harry’ Getting Remade by Kimberly Peirce
Has it really been 12 years since the French film ‘With a Friend Like Harry’ was released? Guess it’s time for a remake then. And who better to direct it than Kimberly Peirce?
Variety reports that Peirce is attached to get behind the camera for an English-language version of the French thriller, in which a man named Michel (Laurent Lucas) and his family bump into an old schoolmate of Michel’s named Harry (Sergi Lopez) while on vacation. The only problem is that Michel doesn’t remember Harry, and it’s soon apparent that Harry is up to something much more sinister than a reunion.
Peirce, best known for her searing feature film debut ‘Boys Don’t Cry’ (2000), is currently filming Screen Gems and MGM’s remake of ‘Carrie,’ starring Chloe Grace Moretz and Julianne Moore. That comes out next March, so it looks like she’ll be in remake land for a while if ‘With A Friend Like Harry‘ ends up being her next project.
The screenplay for ‘Harry’ is being adapted by Wentworth Miller, the actor-turned-screenwriter whose ‘Stoker‘ script has been filmed by celebrated Korean director Chan-wook Park (‘Oldboy‘) as his first English-language production.
The original ‘Harry,’ by the way — which is charmingly titled ‘Harry, He’s Here to Help’ in French — was nominated for the Palme d’Or at the 2000 Cannes film festival. We’ll wait right here while you go look it up on Netflix…