Lisa Cholodenko to direct Toni Erdmann remake, Nicholson drops out
According to The Wrap, The Kids Are All Right director Lisa Choledenko has stepped up to direct Paramount Pictures‘ English remake of the German comedy film Toni Erdmann starring Kristen Wiig. Choledenko is also set to write the film’s screenplay following Lena Dunham and Jenni Konner’s exit from the project.
In addition, the outlet also reported that Jack Nicholson (The Shining, The Bucket List) is no longer a part of the film adaptation. Nicholson was supposed to portray the lead role as an errant father to a joyless daughter. This movie project would have been Nicholson’s first movie since his 8-year movie hiatus.
Kristen Wiig (Wonder Woman 1984) is still reportedly attached to play the film’s second lead as a career-driven daughter until her dad teaches her lessons in unconventional ways about what matters most in life.
Toni Erdmann tells the story of a father (Peter Simonischek) who, hoping to reconnect with his career-minded daughter, creates the titular Toni Erdmann, a fictional life coach who winds up wreaking havoc with the daughter’s professional life. Directed by Maren Ade, the German-Austrian dramedy premiered at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival and has been met with critical acclaim.
The English language Toni Erdmann remake will be produced by the Gary Sanchez Productions offshoot Gloria Sanchez Productions. Jessica Elbuam, Will Ferrell and Adam McKay will produce alongside Jonas Dornbach and Janine Jackowski. The original film’s director, Maren Ade, will serve as executive producer alongside Wiig.