Yalla Yalla, the recently announced JV between Dubai based Middle East distributor Front Row Filmed Entertainment and international sales and production outfit Rocket Science, has inked a deal with gaumont for the Arabic language remake rights to the 2011 international box office smash hit ‘Intouchables’.
The project will most likely be a Saudi/Egyptian co-production with the director and cast set to be announced soon.
The Arabic adaptation will be Yalla Yalla’s second production after ‘Perfect Strangers’, which is currently in pre-production stages.
The deal was negotiated by Ian Cooper of Cooper Law for Yalla Yalla and Cecile Gaget for Gaumont.
Starring Omar Sy and Francois Cluzet, Intouchables follows the story of a paraplegic billionaire who strikes an unlikely friendship with his street smart ex-con caretaker.
The film captured audience’s imaginations worldwide upon its release in 2011 and eventually went on to become the highest grossing foreign language film of all time, having grossed over $426 Million at the Global Box Office and winning several awards along the way. The film was produced by Quad, Ten and Gaumont and currently stands at #39 on IMDB’s All Time Top Rated movies.
Hisham Alghanim and Gianluca Chakra (president and managing partner of Front Row Filmed Entertainment) jointly stated: “This would mark the first co-production for a feature film between Egypt and Saudi touching on a universal story that could bridge two entirely different cultures”.
Thorsten Schumacher, CEO of Rocket Science adds: “It is a very exciting proposition to be able to bring such a globally recognizable property to the territory - the first of many”.
Cecile Caget from Gaumont concludes: “We’re very glad that such an iconic film will get an Arabic language remake, especially with partners we have known for a very long time and who we feel comfortable with in adapting this gem with the care it deserves”
Front Row Filmed Entertainment will handle all Middle East and North African rights for the title whereas Rocket Science will handle all international sales.