DreamWorks has acquired the rights to remake The Prey (aka La Proie), a French thriller that premiered in 2011 and received a limited U.S. release last June. The story follows a low-level crook who breaks out of jail three months before he is due for release to save his family from his serial-killer former cellmate. According to Deadline, La Proie co-writer Luc Bossi is on board to help develop the remake along with producers Charles S. Cohen (Frozen River) and Daniel Battsek (The Last Lions). I could picture Liam Neeson or Jason Statham in the lead role, but I wonder if DreamWorks—the studio that cast Aaron Paul in Need for Speed—will opt for a less obvious choice.
Watch the English-language trailer for the French original after the jump.
Franck Adrien (Albert Dupontel), a bank robber convicted of a heist and sentenced to six months in prison, shares a cell with seemingly weak Jean Louis Morel. But once Morel gets released from behind bars, Adrien learns that Morel is really a sadistic serial killer who now knows private details about Adrien’s life. Adrien must break out of prison and catch Morel before he gets to Adrien’s family…and before France’s elite police detectives hunt Adrien down.