More than 1,500 New Yorkers gathered today in Manhattan to mourn the death of a 32 year-old gay man, who was shot down on Friday just blocks away from the historic Stonewall Inn in an apparent act of anti-gay bias.
Wes Anderson Remakes French Film Favorite
Universal Pictures and Imagine Entertainment have snagged indie fave Wes Anderson to write My Best Friend, a remake of the 2006 French hit comedy Mon meilleur ami.
In the original film, François (played by Daniel Auteuil) is a middle-aged antique dealer. He has a stylish apartment and a fabulous life, but at a dinner with a group he considers his dearest acquaintances, he is blindsided by the revelation that none of them actually likes him.
His lesbian business partner Catherine (Julie Gayet) makes him a bet: if he can produce his best friend, she will let him keep the massive Greek vase he acquired that afternoon on the company tab. If not, it's hers. Thus begins his travels through Paris in search of a best friend.
Like most French comedies, Mon meilleur ami is charming, chatty and seemingly effortless, like many of Anderson's films (well, maybe not the "effortless" part; he's got a heavy hand when it comes to set design -- remember that huge, impressive boat in The Life Aquatic? But I digress...)
My question is thus: will Anderson keep the character of Catherine lesbian? Or, like many American remakes, will she be de-gayed as a possible love interest for the male lead?
Our LGBT film-loving fingers are crossed!