Haggis' The Next Three Days
Paul Haggis' latest film is The Next Three Days, a remake of the French thriller Pour Elle which was written and directed by Fred Cavayé in 2008. Haggis will write and direct the American remake and already has a lead in negotiations to take the part, Elizabeth Banks.
The remake already features Russell Crowe who will be playing the male lead, the man who tries to vindicate his wife who has been imprisoned for a murder she did not commit, Banks may well play the wife.
There's not much more given on what Paul Haggis' version of the film will give us in The Hollywood Reporter story, and from that short blurb you might be mistaken for thinking that there's not that much for Elizabeth Banks to deal with, however when we turn to the original film, Pour Elle, that blurb has a lot more to offer.
"Lisa and Julien are married and lead a happy uneventful life with their son Oscar. But their life radically changes one morning, when the police comes to arrest Lisa on murder charges. She's sentenced to 20 years of prison. Convinced of his wife's innocence, Julien decides to act. How far will he be willing to go for her?...
…With no legal means left to him, a high school teacher devises a daring plan to rescue his wrongfully imprisoned wife from jail."
Now that sounds a lot better, especially when you get to that last line which is actually the opening blurb. So we would see Russell Crowe playing a much more mundane role of a man thrown into a situation of which he has no real understanding, his wife in prison and building an audacious plan to get her out.
Sounds an interesting film, especially from Paul Haggis, and if Elizabeth Banks does get cast as the lead then we're going to see a much more dramatic and emotional role from her.
The Next Three Days has definitely caught my eye, and it should have yours too.