Fox International Productions has bought the remake rights to Metro Manila, the Tagalog-language heist thriller directed by Sean Ellis that won the Sundance World Cinema audience award at the 2013 Park City festival.
The original story centres on a Filipino farmer who moves his family closer to Manila in search of a better life. The man finds work as an armoured truck driver and learns he must collude with a corrupt colleague in order to protect his family.
Ellis co-wrote the original with Frankie E Flowers and produced with Mathilde Charpentier.
According to Screen Daily, Fox International is understood to be eying foreign-language remakes of the thriller and will also develop a version for English-speaking audiences. That's a lot of mileage for the one film. More news as it comes to hand.
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