Julia Louis-Dreyfus to Remake ‘Force Majeure,’ and We’re Taking Credit

Still image from "Force Majeure"

We’re not exactly pro-remake here at Flavorwire HQ (with a few notable exceptions), and the practice of revisiting a very recent foreign film and making an American version solely for people who can’t be bothered to read subtitles—let’s call it Let The Right One In-ing—is a puzzling one indeed. But when JLD is involved, well, let’s just say all rules are off.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Julia Louis-Dreyfus is in talks to star in and produce an American remake of Ruben Ostlund’s piercing, prickly 2014 Swedish film Force Majeure. “The move is a bit of a departure for Louis-Dreyfus, who is better known for her acclaimed work in the comedy field,” notes a THR writer who clearly hasn’t seen Force Majeure, which is far closer to the discomforting, nasty humor of Veep than it is to your typical dour Swedish drama.

For that matter, it’s not even that far removed from Seinfeld itself; as our own Moze Halperin noted when Majeure hit our shores last fall, the film’s inciting incident (a cowardly man fleeing a dangerous situation) is more than a little reminiscent of George Costanza hauling ass from a birthday party, and trampling anyone who gets in his way, in the season five episode “The Fire.”

So we’re gonna go ahead and take credit for this little development, assuming that Ms. Louis-Dreyfuss had some sort of Google Alert going for Seinfeld and that Swedish movie she kept meaning to see.