While the period of time between original films and their eventual remakes is getting shorter and shorter, some projects just call out to certain filmmakers. As such, Larry Charles has been set to pen the New Films International remake of The Man Who Sued God. The original 2001 Australian film from director Mark Joffe starred Billy Connolly as a lawyer-turned-fisherman whose only possession – his boat – is destroyed by lightning. When the insurance company turns down his claim citing the uncovered “acts of God”, he decides not to take on the deep-pocketed insurance men, but rather God himself. Charles will write the script with an eye to direct. Hit the jump for more, including the trailer for the original film.
Deadline reports that Charles will write the remake of The Man Who Sued God with a possibility of directing. He’s said to be putting his own spin on the story in his reimagining. While it’s far too early to make any casting announcements, I wouldn’t be surprised if one Sacha Baron Cohen ended up circling a lead if Charles ends up directing. The duo have previously teamed up on The Dictator, Bruno, and Borat, so an irreverent comedy like The Man Who Sued God certainly wouldn’t be out of the realm of possibility.
Check out the trailer for the original film below:
Billy Connolly plays Steve Myers, a lawyer who became a fisherman from frustration. When his one piece of property, his boat, is struck by lightning and destroyed he is denied insurance money because it was ‘an act of God’. He re-registers as a lawyer and sues the insurance company and the church under the geise of God, defending himself. The accident leads him to a friendship and eventual relationship with a journalist, Anna Redmond (Judy Davis).