Sam Raimi in talks to direct A Prophet remake at Sony
Deadline is reporting that Sam Raimi (Oz The Great and Powerful, Spider-Man films) is in talks to direct the A Prophet remake at Sony Pictures. The Jacques Audiard-directed French film was a Best Foreign Language Film Oscar nominee in 2010, won the Grand Prize at Cannes and nine César Awards in France.
The original film tells the story of a young man’s rise to power in a criminal syndicate after he is mentored by a crime boss.
The English language-remake will be produced by Neal H. Moritz and Toby Jaffe through the Original Film banner. When the film was optioned by the studio in 2013, Moritz said, “This is an epic crime saga with compelling characters and original storytelling. I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to make an English language version of the film and I am grateful to have the trust of Jacques Audiard and his producers, as well as the writers Thomas Bidegain, Nicolas Peufaillit, and Abdel Raouf Dari.”
Sony’s Hannah Minghella said, “We think ‘A Prophet’ will translate perfectly for English-speaking audiences. Obviously, we love working with Neal and he has a great track record with this kind of film were confident that our film will excite audiences in the same way that the original material did.”