Jack Nicholson has dropped out of Paramount’s upcoming U.S. remake of Maren Ade’s highly acclaimed German comedy “Toni Erdmann,” just as “The Kids Are All Right” director Lisa Choledenko has boarded the film as director.
The original followed a father who, hoping to reconnect with his career-minded daughter, creates the titular fictional life coach who winds up wreaking havoc with the daughter’s professional life.
The new take was to star Nicholson in the father role with Lena Dunham and Jenni Konner set to pen the script. The scribes dropped out the other month with Choledenko coming onboard in a writing capacity – she’s now also slated to helm.
As a result, the whole project has been retooled and so Nicholson, who would’ve taken on his first role in eight years, opted out. Kristen Wiig is still reportedly attached to play the daughter.
Jessica Elbuam, Will Ferrell, Adam McKay, Jonas Dornbach and Janine Jackowski will produce.
Source: The Wrap