Warner Vantage Nabs Remake Rights to Indie Comedy 'A Wonderful Cloud' (Exclusive)
The 2015 film follows a pair of exes years after their break up, as they spend a wild weekend together.
Warner Vantage has acquired the remake rights to American improv comedy A Wonderful Cloud.
The original film starred Kate Lyn Sheil (House of Cards, The Girlfriend Experience) and was directed by Eugene Kotlyarenko, who also co-stars. The story centers on a former couple who used to run a clothing line together, as they share an intense few days in LA. The film mixes strong comedic elements with emotion, as a group of eccentric locals reignites the spark between them. Reportedly, the two leads based their performances on the actual relationship they once shared off-camera.
Warner Vantage has already optioned in-demand writer Sander Wallworth's fresh take on the original. Re-written specifically for Dustin Hoffman and Meryl Streep in a clever play on their award-winning characters from Kramer vs. Kramer, the new film will take place largely at a nursing home in San Francisco. Hoffman and Streep are still former lovers who stayed friends, but will now be teaming up to expose corruption in their senior living facility.
“What struck us most about the original film was how at the core of this raunchy rom-com, there was a very palpable, authentic connection between the performers,” said Jane Gorgazole of Warner Vantage. “It’s a tone that differs significantly from most films in the genre and exactly what we are hoping to capitalize on with Streep and Hoffman taking these roles. We definitely want audiences to leave the theatre discussing their past flames."
"When you have two Oscar-winning heavyweights like Meryl and Dustin, you want to give them something heavy to chew on," added Jorgen Lean, WV's head of development. "I'm very excited by Sander's conspiracy-thriller additions to the original." He also indicated they would be renaming the film, The Cloud Between Us.
Christian Rosa of Dirty Pictures will return as an executive producer on the remake. Jorgen Lean and Jane Gorgazole are overseeing for Warner Vantage.
A Wonderful Cloud first premiered at the 2015 SXSW Film Festival and was acquired by FilmBuff. The comedy is scheduled for a limited theatrical run at the Laemmle Playhouse 7 opening on October 23rd. It is available now on iTunes and VOD on the same date.
The deal for the remake was brokered by IPM on behalf of Kotlyarenko and Rosa.