As foreign films go, 2005’s French-language thriller Caché (Hidden) was a huge hit. The Michael Haneke-directed tale of an intellectual Paris couple (Juliette Binoche, pictured, and Daniel Auteuil) who receive mysterious videotapes in the mail earned $3.6 million in the U.S. and Canada and ranks 68th on the list of the top non-English movies ever at the domestic box office.
No wonder Ron Howard is hoping to remake it! Hrmmmm. No, you know what? Rather than editorialize here, I’m just gonna lay out all the facts and let you rule on whether this is a good idea or not:
• Ron Howard won two Oscars for directing and producing 2001’s A Beautiful Mind
• Ron Howard also directed past gems like Gung Ho, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, and Edtv.
• Caché (Hidden) got international praise for its depth and insight into the human condition.
• The Da Vinci Code, which Howard directed, got international gripes for its shallowness and banality.
• Apparently, Howard prefers to remake this foreign art flick rather than, say, Fanny and Alexander or The Rules of the Game or Yojimbo.
• Caché (Hidden) won three prizes at the Cannes Film Festival and was nominated for four César awards, France’s version of the Oscar.
• Ron Howard has eaten Caesar salad. (Actually, that’s a guess on my part.)
Now, weigh away! And while you’re at it, do let me know who you think should star in this adaptation and how Howard should transfer the story to the U.S. Okay, on with it, PopWatchers.