Don’t get too excited just yet – Steven Spielberg is not spearheading a remake of the 1987 Kirk Cameron- and Dudley Moore-starring body-switching classic Like Father Like Son, he’s going far more serious (and current) with an Americanized remake of Hirokazu Kore-eda’s Cannes-winning drama.
The film picked up the Jury Prize at this year’s Cannes Film Festival, where it also snagged its new, big-time producer; Spielberg himself headed up the jury as its president, and now THR reports that he and DreamWorks have snapped up the remake rights to the film. There’s no word yet on who will direct, write, or star in this new version, but Kore-eda is expected to be involved in some capacity, as he commented on the deal, “I am honored that a company such as DreamWorks will be developing my film for American audiences. I’m looking forward to working with Steven Spielberg, for whom I have great admiration.”
Kore-eda’s film tells the wrenching story of a successful Japanese businessman and his wife, whose lives are changed by a single phone call (dunh dunh dun!). Six years after the birth of their son Keita, Ryota and Midorino Nonomiya learn that he is not their biological child – their actual baby was switched at birth and now lives with another family, a family that is very different than the Nonomiyas both in terms of social class and emotional openness. As the two families struggle to reconcile the tiny tragedy that has consumed their lives, Kore-eda and his characters address the true meaning of family. (Yes, this seriously sounds wrenching, and we’d love to see it as soon as possible.)
The film opened in Japan on September 28, where it debuted as the number one film at the box office.
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