Having wrapped up their acclaimed HBO series Girls, Lena Dunham and Jenni Konner are in talks to write Paramount’s TONI ERDMANN remake that’s slated to star Jack Nicholson and Kristen Wiig, the Tracking Board has exclusively learned.
The original German comedy, which was nominated for the foreign language Oscar, starred Peter Simonischek as a father who tries to reconnect with his workaholic daughter (Sandra Huller) by posing as a life coach for her company’s CEO.
Nicholson will play the father and Wiig will play his daughter in the English-language remake, which is still without a director, as Dunham and Konner are making a deal to simply write the script at this time.
Adam McKay, Will Ferrell and Jessica Elbaum are producing under their Gloria Sanchez Productions banner, while Toni Erdmann writer-director Maren Ade will executive produce along with original producers Jonas Dornbach and Janine Jackowski.
Dunham’s fans have been waiting to see what she would do in the wake of Girls, and I’d say that any movie Nicholson is willing to star in is a worthy follow-up project for the multi-hyphenate.
Konner, who has been developing the movie B.F.F. with co-writer Ali Rushfield and producer David Permut, is represented by UTA and attorney Bryan Wolf.
Dunham, who previously wrote her own directorial debut Tiny Furniture, is repped by UTA and attorney Gretchen Rush.
Jeff Sneider | Editor in Chief