The classic Papillon is next up for the remake treatment, although no director or writer are attached, the project has been announced, location found, and tax breaks in place.
Papillon was a superb film from back in 1973 starring Steve McQueen and Dustin Hoffman that was based on the true story of Henri Charriere who was a small time criminal locked up in a French island prison, determined to escape.
He attempted to escape time and time again, despite recaptures, time in solitary confinement, and his age, he never gave up hope of escape.
The remake of Papillon will be a joint production between Spanish production company Atlantia Canarias and L.A. producers Branko Lustig and John Kelly with the remake being filmed in the Canary islands.
According to Variety the film will be in English and carry a USD 90 million budget.
Interestingly there are two new sound stages being built for the production by a collaboration between Atlantia and the Canary Islands government, and these will be used for the production.
The original is a great film which features two very engaging performances from Hoffman and McQueen. I wonder if they're going to find two as iconic figures for this remake?