Posted on Wednesday, July 29th, 2009 by Devindra Hardawar
We all love Paul Haggis around these parts (and by love, I mean mock and ridicule as much as possible), so we try our best to keep close tabs on his projects just to make sure we don’t miss a single thing. It looks like his next film is The Next Three Days, a remake of the 2008 French film Pour elle, and he’s tapped Russell Crowe to star. Crowe plays a high school teacher whose wife is falsely accused of murder, and he comes up with a plan to free her at all costs.
The original film starred Diane Kruger as the wife, so I wouldn’t be surprised if we catch wind of her joining this remake a la Vanilla Sky. Haggis, who is also writing the script, said he chose Crowe because of his tested ability to play the Everyman, in addition to his more traditionally heroic roles.
Haggis had the following to say on the underlying aspects of the film:
The deeper theme here is, would you save the woman you loved if you knew that by doing so, you would turn into a man that woman could no longer love?
I’m hoping that we can see a Crowe performance along the lines of The Insider, and that Haggis has matured as a director since In the Valley of Elah and Crash. Haggis most recently contributed to the script for Quantum of Solace, a film that amazed me by the amount which it pales in comparison to Casino Royale. At the very least, I’m thankful for this news because Pour elle sounds like a pretty cool French film along the lines of Tell No One, and I’m glad more people will probably check it out regardless of how the remake ends up.
Edit: For those who care, yes I realize Haggis worked on Casino Royale as well. Let’s just say his contributions to Quantum felt a bit more pronounced.
Discuss: How much do you love Paul Haggis? Be honest.