Friday, September 24, 2004

6ixtynin9 up for remake

Pen-Ek Ratanaruang's 1999 comedy-thriller 6ixtynin9 is targeted for a remake, according to Variety. The director will be Jim Fall, produced by Fran Rubel Kuzui for Bohemian Films and Tom Gorai for Shadowcatcher Entertainment. Shadowcatcher president David Skinner, Fortissimo Films co-chairman Wouter Barendrecht and Kaz Kuzui of Bohemian will serve as exec producers. Pen-ek's original screenplay is being adapted by John Patrick Nelson.

The story follows a young woman desperate to shake up her uneventful life by appearing on a reality show, who returns home to find that dead bodies are stacking up in her apartment.

Ratanaruang's original, which I very much want to see, premiered in competition at the Rotterdam Film Festival in 2002 and went on to win prizes at the Berlin, Hong Kong and Singapore fests. International sales on the film were handled by Fortissimo.

The remake is scheduled for CineMart, a sidebar to the Rotterdam Film Festival, a place that has been friendly to the films of the original 6ixtynin9's director, Pen-Ek, as well as Apichatpong Weerasethakul and his Tropical Malady.

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