Belgian Ben X Gets US Remake

Nic Balthazar is planning to direct and adapt an American remake his Belgian foreign-language Oscar candidate “Ben X” reports Variety.

The original told the story of a mildly autistic teen whose withdrawn school life contrasts sharply with his warrior persona in online fantasy games. Increasing pressure from two school bullies leads to a blurring of his two worlds.

The remake will be budgeted at about $8 million-$12 million and shifted to a contemporary American setting.