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Steve McQueen’s ‘Papillon’ remake in works

Steve McQueen's 1973 prison-break classic "Papillon" will be remade with Danish filmmaker Michael Noer attached to direct the project.

By: PTI | Los Angeles |
October 8, 2015 11:10:52 am
Steve McQueen, Papillon Steve McQueen’s 1973 prison-break classic “Papillon” will be remade with Danish filmmaker Michael Noer attached to direct the project.

Steve McQueen’s 1973 prison-break classic “Papillon” will be remade with Danish filmmaker Michael Noer attached to direct the project.

Aaron Guzikowski, who wrote the Denis Villeneuve-directed thriller “Prisoners”, has penned the new script, said The Hollywood Reporter.

Based on the memoir by French convict Henri Charriere, the original “Papillon” was directed by Franklin J Schaffner and starred McQueen as a petty criminal, who is wrongly convicted of murder and then plots his escape.

His nickname, Papillon, comes from the butterfly tattoo on his chest. Dustin Hoffman co-stars as a fellow inmate and friend.

Noer’s previous directing credits include the claustrophobic prison drama “R” and the gritty gangland tale “Northwest”. Red Granite is the company behind the project.

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