A remake of the 1973 classic Papillon is in development, and Mr. Robot star Rami Malek has entered negotiations to co-star.
The remake of the Steve McQueen and Dustin Hoffman-starring picture has Charlie Hunnam locked in to take on the role originally played by McQueen, which leaves Malek up for the role originated by Hoffman. Deadline broke the news regarding Malek’s potential casting, reporting that the “contemporary retelling” is scheduled to start filming next month.
The original film was based on the memoirs of Henri Charriere, a convicted felon who was unjustly convicted of murder in 1930s France. Sentenced to time on Devil’s Island, a penal colony in South America, Charriere staged one hell of an escape with the help of counterfeiter Louis Dega. McQueen played Charriere and Hoffman played Dega.
Attached to direct is Danish director Michael Noer, who has experience making prison-set dramas, having directed the well-received 2010 crime-drama R. The screenplay comes from Aaron Guzikowski, the Prisoners scribe who has also penned the planned Friday the 13th reboot.
This will mark a potentially high-profile gig for Malek, who has earned himself a Golden Globe nomination and an Emmy nomination for his great turn in USA Network’s Mr. Robot.
We’ll keep you informed.