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Columbia Pictures to remake A Prophet

Sony Pictures Entertainment has optioned an English language remake of Jacques Audiard’s acclaimed French film A Prophet.

The 2009 prison drama centres on a young Arab petty criminal, played by Tahar Rahim, who finds himself rising through the ranks of the criminal fraternity and becoming embroiled in the Corsican and Muslim subcultures. The violent prison drama won the Grand Prix at Cannes, the best film award at the London Film Festival and a BAFTA for best film not in the English language. It also scooped the board at the Cesars, taking home nine gongs.

The announcement about the shiny new version was made by Doug Belgrad, president of Columbia Pictures, and Hannah Minghella, president of production for the studio. Veteran producer Neal H Moritz and Toby Jaffe will produce through the Original Film banner.

 Moritz said of the project: "This is an epic crime saga with compelling characters and original storytelling. I'm thrilled to have the opportunity to make an English language version of the film and I am grateful to have the trust of Jacques Audiard and his producers, as well as the writers Thomas Bidegain, Nicolas Peufaillit, and Abdel Raouf Dafri."

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