I’m not too sure what I’m thinking about “Daily Variety” reports from Hollywood indicating the possibility ofÂ a Hollywood remake ofÂ Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck’s “The Life of Others” -Â “Das Leben derÂ anderen”.Â After all the original just won the Oskar for “best non-English language film.”
Of course, those allegedly interested in midwifing the project, BobÂ andÂ Harvey Weinstein as well as Sydney PollackÂ and Anthony Minghella, aren’t just anyone. But since the only successful Hollywood remakes of a European films I can think of off the top of my headÂ were “Nikita”, “True Lies”, andÂ “Three men and a baby” – all of which weren’t exactly rooted in French culture, a remake of “The Life of Others”,Â seems like a natural candidate for a “lost in translation”-style disaster. I’m saying thisÂ inspite of my sympathyÂ for everyÂ project exposing the danger ofÂ theÂ eavesdropping culture that is slowly being establishedÂ in the US as well as in Europe.
Maybe it was that what Steven Spielberg meant, when he, according to Donnersmarck’s own words, congratulated him after the ceremony by saying – “You’ll never get over this.”