EXCLUSIVE: CBS Films is making a deal to acquire remake rights to the Daniel Monzon-directed Spanish language film Celda 211. Paul Haggis is in talks to adapt with an eye to direct. He will produce the film under his Hwy 61 Films banner, with partner Michael Nozik.The Americanized version will be titled Cell 211.
The film is an action thriller with a premise that feels like the second coming of Die Hard. A newly hired prison guard wants to make a good impression on his bosses, and he leaves behind his pregnant wife and comes in a day early to get a tour of the facility. When a brutal prison riot breaks out, he is knocked unconscious and when he awakens, the guard is forced to assume the role of a prisoner alongside the most dangerous killers alive. He tries to defuse the uprising and escape before the prisoners realize who he really is. Released in 2009, the original film swept the Goya Awards, which are the Spanish Oscars, winning Best Film, Best Director and Screenplay honors for Monzon, and five other awards. Here is a trailer from the original:
Haggis most recently shot The Next Three Days, the drama that stars Russell Crowe, Elizabeth Banks and Liam Neeson and opens November 19.