Even within a world of cinematic reboots, most people probably didn’t expect to see a remake of “Papillon” this year. The original 1973 adaptation, starring Steve McQueen and Dustin Hoffman, is considered a classic and it will be hard to top. The 1973 version was nominated for an Oscar for Best Music, Original Dramatic Score (Jerry Goldsmith) and a Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture Actor, Drama (Steve McQueen). Taking on the challenge to remake the film are Charlie Hunnam and Rami Malek, the duo plan their escape in the new trailer from the Bleecker Street production.
Both films are based on the best-selling autobiographies from Henri “Papillon” Charrière. This time around, director Michael Noer (Northwest) and writer Aaron Guzikoswski will be bringing the story to theaters. Bleeker Street plans to release the film domestically this summer.
If you haven’t see the original adaptation, well you should. If you need a refresher, the film follows the story of Henri “Papillon” Charrière (Charlie Hunnam), a safecracker from the Parisian underworld who is framed for murder and condemned to life in the notorious penal colony on Devil’s Island. Determined to regain his freedom, Papillon forms an unlikely alliance with a convicted counterfeiter Louis Dega (Rami Malek), who in exchange for protection, agrees to finance Papillon’s escape.
Joining Hunnam and Malek in the cast are Yorick Van Wageningen, Roland Moller, Tommy Flanagan and Eve Hewson.
Fans can catch the film in theaters on August 24, 2018. That month is a busy one at the box-office. Disney is releasing “Christopher Robin” at the beginning of the month, which will open against the thriller “The Darkest Minds,” and the actioner “Mile 22”. The buddy-comedy “The Spy Who Dumped Me” is also opening that same weekend. Later that month, Warner Bros. Pictures is releasing the shark thriller “The Meg” and the romantic-comedy “Crazy Rich Asians“. Sony Pictures is releasing the thrillers “Alpha” and “Slender Man” in theaters in August as well.