Dreamworks taps Ken Scott to helm Starbuck remake

The Montreal-based director will redirect and rewrite the Hollywood adaptation of his award-winning Quebec comedy.

It’s déjà vu for Ken Scott.

The Montreal-based writer-director has been tapped by Dreamworks to direct and write the Hollywood adaptation of his award-winning French comedy, Starbuck, which was released summer 2011 and starred Bon Cop, Bad Cop’s Patrick Huard.

In Starbuck, a man (Huard) who was a frequent sperm bank donor is faced with a life-changing decision when he discovers he’s the father of 533 children, 142 of whom have filed a class action lawsuit to determine his identity.

This marks the second time that Scott has been tapped to adapt his own work, as he’s also set to direct and write an English remake of 2003’s La Grande Seduction, for which he penned the original script.

It’s also one of the few times the rights for a Quebecois film have been picked up by a major Hollywood studio.

Dreamworks, who felt the film could be adapted to have more universal appeal, has the film slated for accelerated production.

Casting is already under way, with filming scheduled for later this year.

André Rouleau of Montreal-based Caramel Films produced the original and will also reprise his role for the Tinseltown remake.

MysticVision Entertainment’s Scott Mednick will exec produce.