Oscar-nominated actor Bradley Cooper (Silver Linings Playbook) has reportedly signed on to the English-language remake of Kokowääh, a popular 2011 German comedy. The original picture, starring, written and directed by Til Schweiger, centered on an author (Schweiger) who is adapting a best-selling novel with his ex-girlfriend and is suddenly presented with the existence of an eight-year-old daughter from a one night stand. Complicating matters is the daughter’s preference for her foster father over the biological one. Hit the jump for more.
Deadline reports that Cooper and Sheroum Kim are developing the Kokowääh remake at Warner Bros. as a star vehicle and possible directorial debut for the former. Black List scribes Scott Rothman and Rajiv Joseph, both of Draft Day, are re-writing the screenplay from an earlier draft by Chris Shafer and Paul Vicknair.
The original Kokowääh centers on the relationship between the carefree bachelor and the devoted father as much as it does between the biological father and daughter. The film was Germany’s highest grosser of 2011 and spawned a sequel that recently opened at number one in its home country. The odd-sounding title (at least to my American ears) is supposedly a pronunciation of the French dish Coq au vin by an unpracticed German tongue.
Cooper will next be seen in Derek Cianfrance’s The Place Beyond the Pines, followed by an on-screen reunion with Oscar-winner Jennifer Lawrence in Serena. He’ll also reprise his role in The Hangover Part III and has a pair of untitled pictures in his future: one for Cameron Crowe and one for David O. Russell.