Dark European art film to be remade by... Ron Howard?

Cache_lAs foreign films go, 2005’s French-language thriller Caché (Hidden) was a huge hit. The Michael Haneke-directed tale of an intellectual Paris couple (Juliette Binoche, pictured, and Daniel Auteuil) who receive mysterious videotapes in the mail earned $3.6 million in the U.S. and Canada and ranks 68th on the list of the top non-English movies ever at the domestic box office.

No wonder Ron Howard is hoping to remake it! Hrmmmm. No, you know what? Rather than editorialize here, I’m just gonna lay out all the facts and let you rule on whether this is a good idea or not:

• Ron Howard won two Oscars for directing and producing 2001’s A Beautiful Mind
• Ron Howard also directed past gems like Gung Ho, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, and Edtv.
Caché (Hidden) got international praise for its depth and insight into the human condition.
The Da Vinci Code, which Howard directed, got international gripes for its shallowness and banality.
• Apparently, Howard prefers to remake this foreign art flick rather than, say, Fanny and Alexander or The Rules of the Game or Yojimbo.
Caché (Hidden) won three prizes at the Cannes Film Festival and was nominated for four César awards, France’s version of the Oscar.
• Ron Howard has eaten Caesar salad. (Actually, that’s a guess on my part.)

Now, weigh away! And while you’re at it, do let me know who you think should star in this adaptation and how Howard should transfer the story to the U.S. Okay, on with it, PopWatchers.

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  • Heather

    This is the scariest story I have heard today. Cache was such a thrilling, intricate movie that the thought of Ron Howard turning it into a trite, overly commercial, boring attempt at a blockbuster makes me want to cry.

  • Kristin

    Why must Hollywood remake every foreign film that does well? I love Cache and cannot see how Ron Howard could possibly do it justice with stars such as Julia Roberts and Russell Crowe instead of the wonderful Juliette Binoche and Daniel Auteuil. Leave Cache alone!

  • Dustin

    No. No, no, no. *Weary sigh* That’s all.

  • Dustin

    No. No, no, no. *Weary sigh* No.

  • Chris

    Um…I’m freaked out ’cause I was going to write the same thing that Dustin did. Are you like watching me dude? You got a camera on me? I never was on a chicken farm….

  • Sally

    He should remake it with juliette Binoche in the lead. She is a fine actress and should be the first consideration.

  • Courtney

    I can’t wait for the bastardization of the film’s conclusion. How are they going to tidy that one up?

  • clare-clare

    ummm… no. 1) There is absolutely no need whatsoever to remake that movie and 2) Ron Howard should not be touching it. So to reiterate: ummm… no.

  • Kate

    Egads! It would be a horrible mistake for Ron Howard to remake Michael Haneke’s Cache. This French thriller is pure genius and will always be better than any remake.

  • LindsayLou

    Why would Hollywood remake and most likely ruin a perfectly good film? Here’s a novel concept: come up with your own ideas, Hollywood.

  • Chris

    In August 1997, Brad Pitt and Cate Blanchett play an upper-middle class couple who decide to move into an inner-city neighborhood. They randomly begin receiving scary videotapes that detail every event in their lives. In an attempt to escape their stalkers, as well as to save their marriage, they agree to take an international vacation to London. They arrive in London to learn that Princess Diana has died. Amid this backdrop of political turmoil, they check into a hotel. When they wake up the next morning, they are greeted with another videotape. This time they go to the police, only to reveal everything to man who happens to be an undercover cop working for a British crime lord. In order to track down both the crime lord and the person who is making the video tapes (who happens to be the same person), they are forced to drive cross-country in a beat-up yellow Volkswagen Beetle. At the end of the movie, they realize that the person who had been stalking them was: Barbara Covett.

  • Chris

    Remaking Cache` is probably one of the worst ideas I’ve heard from Hollywood is a very long time. However, if you were going to do it, the following story has Oscar written all over it…(see below)

  • Ceballos

    Yeah, I’m with the consensus on this board that remaking Cache is a bad idea…and that Ron Howard remaking Cache is a terrible idea. But, assuming this will happen because Howard is a pretty powerful guy, let’s just hope he doesn’t stick Tom Hanks and Bryce Dallas Howard as the leads (even though I enjoy both actors’ work…don’t get me wrong).
    Instead, I’m hoping he goes with a cast like like Jennifer Connelly and, maybe, Sean Bean…who’s dying, DYING for a good role…won’t happen though…he’ll go with a Hanks or Crowe-like star

  • claudenorth

    Ol’ Opie will probably decide that it’s the perfect vehicle to reunite “America’s favorite on-screen couple,” Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan and change the title from CACHE to VIDEOTAPED IN VAN NUYS.

  • Murtada

    Remake it why not, we’ve seen some terrible movies being remade. Viggo Moretensen & Cate Blanchett should star.

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