By Travis Martin
Another remake is being made, this time of a prison film from 1973. Deadline reports that actors Charlie Hunnam and Rami Malek will star in the remake of “Papillion,“ a film that originally starred Steve McQueen and Dustin Hoffman. Hunnam will be taking McQueen’s role, while Malek will portray Hoffman’s character.
In the film, based on a true story, centers on Henry Charriere (Hunnam), a minor criminal in the 1930s French underworld. However, Charriere is unjustly charged with a murder and sent to Devil’s Island, an infamous penal colony in South America’s French Guiana. There, Charriere meets eccentric counterfeiter Louis Dega (Malek), who Charriere plots with to escape Devil’s Island.
The film is directed by Michael Noer and is adapted by Aaron Guzikowski. Red Granite bought the rights to the original film and are backing the project with producers Joey McFarland, Riza Aziz, David Koplan, Ram Bergman, and Roger Corbi. “Papillion” will shoot in September in Belgrade, Montenegro, and Thailand. No release date has been announced.