Danish director to recreate Hollywood classic

Michael Noer to be handed the reins to the remake of ‘Papillon’

According to the Daily Mail, the Danish director Michael Noer (‘Nordvest’, ‘R’) has been tabbed to direct the remake of the Hollywood classic ‘Papillon’.

The original from 1973 stars Steve McQueen as the unfairly convicted Henri ‘Papillon’ Charrière who goes to incredible lengths to escape the confines of his roasting jungle incarceration in French Guiana in the 1930s while keeping his eclectic friend Louis Dega, played by Dustin Hoffman, out of harm’s way.

“The 36-year-old director may be relatively young in comparison to his filmmaker colleagues, but he already has tons of experience in making movies and is best known for his work on Danish film ‘R’ (2010) and action drama ‘Northwest’ (2013),” wrote the Daily Mail.

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One of the best
The legendary film was nominated for an Oscar for best music and McQueen received a Golden Globe nomination for best actor. The film is ranked 240th on IMDB’s Top 250 Movies list.

The original story is based on the memoirs of the convicted French criminal Henri ‘Papillon’ Charrière that were first published in France in 1969.

Charrière later claimed that the story was 75 percent true.