Thomas Vinterberg‘s Danish comedy-drama Another Round just secured the Best International Feature at Sunday’s Oscars, and hours later a remake is officially in the works. Leonardo DiCaprio, via his Appian Way banner, has secured the English-language remake rights to the film, and plans to produce and likely star in the remake.
The original film stars Mads Mikkelsen as one of four teachers who decide to experiment with alcohol – specifically, remaining slightly intoxicated at all times – in the hopes of spicing up their dreary lives as they each go through an existential midlife crisis. Naturally, things get out of hand, and the experiment forces them to reexamine their lives.
Vinterberg will executive produce the remake along with his co-writer Tobias Lindholm. A writer for the remake is expected to be hired relatively quickly. Appian Way reportedly beat out Jake Gyllenhaal‘s production company for the project, which had planned to partner with Studiocanal and The Picture Company, as well as Elizabeth Banks‘ production company, which came with backing from Universal.
This is a slightly unusual project for DiCaprio to jump onboard. Usually he gravitates to auteur directors developing original projects rather than (potentially) starring in a remake of a recent film. It’s also surprising that this isn’t being developed into something closer to a Seth Rogen & pals comedy, as the original film isn’t too far from that sort of thing anyway.
No director is yet attached, but they’ll likely be lining up around the block to direct DiCaprio. He was last seen in Quentin Tarantino‘s Once Upon A Time In Hollywood, and recently wrapped shooting on Adam McKay‘s star-studded Netflix movie Don’t Look Up.
He’s currently shooting Martin Scorsese‘s Killers Of The Flower Moon, though he shifted from lead to a supporting role a few months ago.
Now that Leo finally has his own Oscar, perhaps this is a sign he’s ready to try out some left-field projects rather than target another gold statue. However, getting audiences to buy into him having a mid-life crisis might be his biggest challenge yet.