Peter Craig has been tapped to adapt the French-Canadian blockbuster Fathers and Guns for Sony Pictures, it was announced today by Doug Belgrad, president of Columbia Pictures. The film is being developed and produced by Kathleen Kennedy and Frank Marshall along with Denise Robert and Emile Gaudreault, producer and writer-director, respectively, of the original film.
Released in Quebec in summer 2009 as De Père en flic, the film opened to #1 at the box office in the province beating out such high-profile titles as Bruno. It stayed popular throughout the summer, not only capturing two-thirds of this summer’s ticket sales for local films in Quebec, but out-grossing by at least 50% such Hollywood hits as Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. With more than 1 in 5 Qubecers seeing the film, it is now the highest-grossing French-language film ever released in Quebec and Canada.
Fathers and Guns is an action-comedy about two cops, father and son, who can’t stand each other. They are assigned to an investigation to infiltrate an outdoor adventure group-therapy camp for fathers and sons.
Peter Craig’s screenwriting debut, The Town, was released by Warner Bros. earlier this year. The film opened to #1 and has taken in almost $90 million domestically to date. He is currently working on a screenplay for Bad Boys 3. Craig is also the author of several books, including “Hot Plastic” and “Blood Father.”
CAA represents Craig along with his team at Management 360. Rachel O’Connor is overseeing for Sony Pictures and Adam Yoelin is overseeing for Kennedy/Marshall.