Deadline exclusively reports that Mr. Robot actor Rami Malek is in negotiations to star alongside Charlie Hunnam in the remake of 1973 film Papillon.
The synopsis for the 1973 original is as follows:
A man befriends a fellow criminal as the two of them begin serving their sentence on a dreadful prison island, which inspires the man to plot his escape.
The report states that this film will be a contemporary retelling of the original, based on the memoirs of convicted felon and fugitive Henri Charriere, who staged an epic escape from Devil’s Island, a notorious penal colony in French Guiana, South America. The petty criminal from the Parisian underworld was unjustly convicted of murder in 1930’s France and he was aided by Louis Dega, a quirky counterfeiter. Charlie Hunnam is set to play the role of Henri Charriere, originally played by Steve McQueen, while Malek could be playing the role of Louis Dega, originally played by Dustin Hoffman.
The script has been penned by Prisoners writer Aaron Guzikowski, with Michael Noer on board as director with shooting for Papillon set to commence in September as it’ll move through various locations including Belgrade, Montenegro and Thailand. Danny Dimbort and Christian Mercuri from Red Granite International are serving as Executive Producers alongside Kevan Van Thompson, Yan-Fischer-Romanovsky, Joshua D. Mauer, Terrence Chang and Martin Hellstern.
No official cinematic release date as of yet.