Sunday, October 31, 2010

Paul Haggis to Remake 'Cell 211'

CBS Films is acquiring the remake rights to Daniel Monzon's Spanish language film "Celda 211" and has attached Paul Haggis (Crash) to write the script and possibly direct under his Highway 61 Films banner. The Americanized version will be titled Cell 211.

Plot: A newly hired prison guard wants to make a good impression on his bosses by coming in a day early to get a tour of the facility. Suddenly, a brutal prison riot breaks out and he is knocked unconscious. When he awakens, the guard is forced to assume the role of a prisoner alongside the most dangerous killers alive. He tries to defuse the uprising and escape before the prisoners realize who he really is.

The film is an action thriller that's been described as "Die Hard" in prison. The original was released last year and ended up winning Best Film, Best Director, Best Screenplay and five other awards at the Goya Awards (Spanish Oscars).

Source: Deadline

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