My Best Friend goes American, watch the original’s trailer

Acclaimed writer/director Wes Anderson (The Darjeeling Limited) is remaking the 2006 French film My Best Friend (original title Mon Meilleur Ami) it has been reported. I haven’t watched the original film, but I remember it looked pretty funny and stars two of France’s most popular actors, Dany Boon (this year’s French megahit Welcome To The Sticks) and Daniel Auteuil (whose movie The Closet is being ripped off by Lindsay Lohan, see here).

The story is that of an unpleasant art dealer who makes a bet and is given ten days to find himself a best friend, eventually settling on a simple, hearty cab driver. My advice would of course be to seek out the French film (it’s available internationally) and view that one first. The film was moderately well received by critics and moviegoers alike, but I don’t remember it being that big a success, which make this remake quite puzzling. Meanwhile, Anderson is finishing his first try at animation, The Fantastic Mr. Fox, adapted from Roald Dahl (Charlie And The Chocolate Factory), which will premiere in late 2009.