Though remakes of good movies tend to be shitty, the latest addition to the cast of Dinner for Schmucks suggests that the Anglofied version of the 1998 Francis Veber dark comedy has some serious potential. Hollywood’s new unlikely darling Zach Galifianakis is in talks to be in the film, alongside Terminal favourites Steve Carrell and Paul Rudd. Directed by Jay Roach, the guy who brought us all Meet the Parents/Fawkers, Dinner for Schmucks is schedueled to shoot in the fall and to be released to the big screen in summer 2k10.
Assuming that the remake will follow the same plot as the original, Dinner for Schmucks centers around a rich asshole who gets his kicks by organizing regular dinner parties where he invites random idiots he meets and humiliates them. It’s a pretty hilarious and heart-tugging slapstick, and might be the only decent thing to ever come out of a country that habitually serves up nothing but amoral philosophy and unpopular opinions.
Zach Galifianakis is also appearing in the upcoming film Youth in Revolt, alongside Michael Cera, who Terminal Laughter recently interviewed (it’ll be up soonish).
Here is a scene from Diner de Cons, (couldnt find one with subtitles, sorry):