Plan B Productions, owned by Hollywood’s darling Brad Pitt, has expressed interest in a remake of new award-winning Icelandic comedy Back Soon (2008) by director Sólveig Anspach.
“They contacted us via email [on Monday],” Skúli Malmquist, one of the movie’s producers at Zik Zak Productions, told Fréttabladid. “It is purely interest. They are looking at the movie with [a remake] in mind.”
Back Soon was screened at the 61st annual film festival in Locarno in Switzerland where the movie received the first Variety Piazza Grande Award. “They probably noticed it there because it was chosen over some very large movies,” Malmquist said.
Back Soon (Icelandic title: Skrapp út) was inspired by the life of Icelandic poet Didda, who plays the leading role as Anna Hallgrímsdóttir, a poet and a housewife who resorts to selling marijuana.
Didda’s sons in real life, Úlfar Aegisson and Hrafn Barrett, play her sons in the movie. Didda has said that she has many things in common with her character other than poetry and the two sons, although she has not confirmed the marijuana story.
Malmquist said that if Plan B Productions and Zik Zak reach an agreement on a remake it may take a long time before the English version of the movie is actually released.
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