Arabic remake of Intouchables set to film in Egypt

The Middle East production begins filming in May 2022

By Melissa Kasule 10 Jan 2022

Arabic remake of Intouchables set to film in Egypt

Dubai-based production label Front Row and London-based Rocket Science are set to shoot an Arab-language remake of French film Intouchables in Egypt from May this year.  

Screenwriter Amr El-Daly will adapt the screenplay with award-winning advertising director Jad Aouad set to make his feature directorial debut.

The original Intouchables,  which centres on an unexpected friendship that forms between a paraplegic billionaire and his caretaker who is an ex-con, was a huge success making $426m at the international box office in 2011.

The film marks Front Row’s second Arab-language adaptation of a popular European film, following the announcement the company will also be remaking Italian hit Perfect strangers, as it pushes on with plans to develop and produce high-end language content for the MENA region.

Front Row’s president Hisham Alghanim and managing partner Gianluca Chakra said in a joint statement: “This would mark the first co-production for a feature film between Egypt and Saudi touching on a universal story that could bridge two entirely different cultures.”

“It is a very exciting proposition to be able to bring such a globally recognizable property to the territory – the first of many”, added Rocket Science CEO Thorsten Schumacher. 

Front Row and Rocket Science joined forces in 2019 to form Dubai-based Yalla Yalla, a film and TV production company focused on Arab-language projects.

Intouchables was re-made in the US in 2017 as The Upside, starring Bryan Cranston and Kevin Hart.

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