The original film starred Steve McQueen and two-time Academy Award-winner Dustin Hoffman. With producers planning to update the movie for modern times, Hunnam will portray a character based on McQueen’s while Malek will play one who resembles Hoffman’s. Some of the figures serving as executive producers on the film are Terrence Chang, Danny Dimbort, and Martin Hellstern.
A release date has not been offered for Papillon yet, but plans are already underway for scenes to be shot in Serbia, Montenegro, and Thailand:
Directed by Franklin J. Schaffner, the original Papillon was released in 1973 and adapted Henri Charrière’s 1970 autobiography. Although a criminal safecracker, Charrière (played by McQueen in the original) was arrested in the early 1930s for a murder he claims to have had no involvement with. Sentenced to life at a French penal colony, Charrière, in the film, winds up befriending a fellow inmate (played by Hoffman) and the pair together plan their escape.
The title, the french word for butterfly, refers to Charrière’s own tattoo, which earned him the nickname.
Set up at Red Granite Pictures, the Papillon remake will offer a contemporary take on Charrière’s tale with an adapted screenplay by Prisoners‘ Aaron Guzikowski. Danish filmmaker Michael Noer (R, Northwest) is set to helm with Riz Aziz, Ram Bergman, Roger Corbi, David Koplan and Joey McFarland producing.
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