Critically acclaimed French crime thriller A Prophet is getting an English-language version after Sony Pictures Entertainment optioned the rights to the remake. The Wrap is reporting that Fast & Furious producers Neal H. Moritz and Toby Jaffe will be responsible for bringing the movie to the big screen, with Moritz admitting:
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.
The original movie followed a young man sent to prison and his rise to power within the criminal world and was nominated for the foreign language Oscar in 2010.
Here's Sony's Hannah Minghella explaining why A Prophet will translate perfectly for an English-speaking audience:
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.
I loved the critically-acclaimed French version so I suppose it was only a matter of time until it was given an English-language remake. I just hope the producers handle the source material with the delicacy and respect it deserves.