Dubai-based pan-Arab distributor Front Row Film Entertainment has signed a contract with screenwriter Amr El Daly and commercial director Jad Aouad for their upcoming Arabic-language and Egyptian-language remake of the French hit Untouchables.
This is the second Arabic language adaptation of a popular European film by Front Row as it continues its plans to develop and produce high-end language content for the MENA region.
The company is currently preparing for the launch in early 2021 of a remake of the Italian hit Perfect strangers, with Nadine Labaki, Mona Zaki and George Khabbaz in the ensemble cast.
The original Untouchables, with Omar Sy and FranÃ§ois Cluzet as a home aide and a wealthy paraplegic forming an unexpected friendship, grossed $ 426 million at the international box office in 2011.
Egyptian screenwriter El Daly’s credits cover a string of hit TV shows, including groundbreaking dramas Dawaran Shoubra, located in downtown Cairo district of Shoubra, female detective show Ded El Kasr and the crook gang series Multifaceted.
âThe story touches on many relevant themes explored across the differences between socio-economic classes, which is something that touches me deeply,â El Daly said.
It is the first feature film by an Egyptian-Lebanese-French director after an award-winning career in advertising, alongside international directors such as Florent-Emilio Siri, Pascal Dash, Diamentino Ferriera and Jan de Bont.
âI have built my entire career up to now, working with wonderful international talent over the years. Intouchables is a touching humanist film that fits perfectly with my personal sensibility – what brings us together as people, which transcends status and capital, âAouad said.
Untouchables is scheduled to begin filming in Egypt in May 2022.