New Films International has brought on Larry Charles (‘Borat,’ ‘The Dictator,’ ‘Curb Your Enthusiasm,’ ‘Seinfeld’) to write a remake of the 2001 Australian cult comedy ‘The Man Who Sued God,’ with an eye toward directing.
The Mark Joffe-directed original starred Billy Connolly as 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 (played by Judy Davis).
New Films International founder and President Nesim Hason and Mace Neufeld are producing the remake with Richard Harding and Sam Feuer of Sixth Sense Productions.
“When it comes to broad commercial comedy that taps into the pulse of society, Larry Charles is the undisputed king,” said Hason. “There is no one I would rather have at the helm of this project than Larry and to make the film alongside Mace, under our newly formed partnership, makes it all the more special for us. We can’t wait to get started.”