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Saturday 25 October 2014

Hollywood plans A Prophet remake

Tahar Rahim starred in the original French version of A Prophet

Jacques Audiard's award-winning drama A Prophet is getting the Hollywood treatment.

The Oscar-nominated French prison drama, which won awards and recognition for leading actor Tahar Rahim, is to be remade by Sony, reported Collider.

The 2009 movie, directed and written by Jacques, tells the story of a young man's rise to power in a criminal syndicate after he is mentored by a crime boss.

It was nominated for the Academy Award for best foreign language film in 2010 and was honoured with the Grand Prize at the Cannes Film Festival and nine Cesar Awards (the French equivalent of the Oscars), including best film, best director, best original screenplay and best actor.

Producer Neal H 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 Dafri."

Hannah Minghella from Columbia Pictures added: "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 - we're confident that our film will excite audiences in the same way that the original material did."

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