Tom Shadyac, who launched his career with comedies like Ace Ventura: Pet Detective, The Nutty Professor and Liar Liar, is set to make a return to the genre with an English-language remake of Olivier Nakache and Eric Toledano’s The Intouchables. Released in 2011, The Intouchables is a French film that details the relationship between a rich quadriplegic and his new caretaker.
Shadyac’s history is an interesting one that also offers him a close personal connection to the source material. Shortly after his last comedy, 2007′s Evan Almighty, Shadyac was in a cycling accident that threatened to leave him permanently immobile. Although he recovered, Shadyac decided to dedicate his life to working for the greater good and documented his quest to re-examine the world in the 2011 documentary I Am.
Bridesmaids director Paul Feig is providing the screenplay for the American The Intouchables. Although no casting has yet been solidified, the outlet notes that Colin Firth is interested in taking on the leading role.
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