ITAL­IAN HIT FILM ‘PER­FECT STRANGERS’ SET FOR ARABIC RE­MAKE

FRONT ROW/KNCC SIGN DEAL FOR RE­MAKE RIGHTS, FILM CLINIC/EM­PIRE TO COPRODUCE

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Front Row Filmed En­ter­tain­ment/Kuwait Na­tional Cin­ema Com­pany has inked a deal with Me­dusa Film for the Arabic lan­guage re­make rights to the 2016 smash hit “Per­fect Strangers” (Orig­i­nal ti­tle: “Per­fetti Sconosciuti). The Arabic film will be a Le­banese/Egyp­tian co-pro­duc­tion in col­lab­o­ra­tion with Em­pire In­ter­na­tional and Mo­hamed He­fzy’s Egyp­tian pro­duc­tion house Film Clinic.

“Per­fetti Sconosciuti” re­leased in 2016 and be­came an in­stant box of­fice and crit­i­cal hit, gross­ing an im­pres­sive $ 20 mil­lion at the Ital­ian Box Of­fice for a world­wide Box of­fice of $ 31 mil. The film picked up mul­ti­ple awards at the 2016 Tribeca Film Fes­ti­val.

The deal was ne­go­ti­ated by Gian­luca Chakra, Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor of Front Row and Faruk Ala­tan of Me­dusa. Mo­hamed He­fzy, Hisham Al­ghanim and Mario Jr. Had­dad are also at­tached to produce and fi­nance the pro­ject. Front Row/KNCC and Em­pire will the­atri­cally dis­trib­ute the film in the Gulf and Le­vant and han­dle post-the­atri­cal sales across the re­gion. Film Clinic will han­dle the the­atri­cal re­lease in Egypt.

“Per­fect Strangers” fol­lows the story of seven long-time friends who de­cide to play a game over din­ner by putting all their mo­bile phones on the ta­ble, thus re­veal­ing ev­ery text mes­sage or phone call that they would re­ceive that evening. Hi­lar­ity en­sues, prov­ing that each one of the friends has three lives: pub­lic, pri­vate and se­cret. “Paolo Gen­ovese and team have de­liv­ered one of the most clever and uni­ver­sally adapt­able scripts known to con­tem­po­rary cin­ema. We’re ex­tremely happy to be in­volved in such a proven prop­erty” says Gian­luca Chakra, Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor of Front Row En­ter­tain­ment.

Per­fect Strangers boasts a series of world­wide re­makes in­clud­ing a Span­ish ver­sion which grossed over $25 mil; a Greek adap­ta­tion that tal­lied $1.8Mil; a Turk­ish ver­sion that ac­cu­mu­lated $1.7 Mil. Ger­man, Swedish, Korean and Rus­sian ver­sions of the same film are in de­vel­op­ment. The We­in­stein Com­pany ac­quired English lan­guage re­make rights in 2016 and on Oc­to­ber 17 the French ver­sion “Le Jeu” open­ing at #2 in the box of­fice.

Per­fect Strangers to be re­made n Arabic

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