The Hollywood Reporter is exclusively reporting that Lionsgate have acquired the English-language rights to begin developing a remake of the Danish action-comedy Riders Of Justice, with 21 Laps trio Shawn Levy, Dan Levine, and Dan Cohe on board to produce.
The Danish film focuses on Danish soldier Markus, who returns home after serving overseas when he learns that his wife died in a tragic train accident. When he and his daughter Mathilde, who was on the train but survived, are left to deal with their grief in their own way, data analysis Otto Hoffmann and Lennart Gerner Nielsen arrive on his doorstep and tell him that they believe the accident was really a premeditated effort by a biker gang known as the Riders of Justice to remove a key witness from an upcoming trial. Convinced by their theory, Markus teams up with Otto, Lennart and their friend Emmenthaler, to find any information that they can on the group and follow the dark path of justice.
Erin Westerman, Lionsgate’s president of production, released a statement saying:
There are few films that balance the action, emotion, and dark humor that Anders did so successfully in Riders of Justice. We’re confident that the movie will translate perfectly to English-language audiences as well.
The original film was co-written by Anders Thomas Jensen and Nikolaj Arcel, with Jensen also helmed the film. The report states that the duo will be adapting the screenplay for the English-language remake. Sisse Graum, who produced the original film, will be executive producing alongside Anders Kjaerhauge. James Myers will oversee the project for Lionsgate.
The original film starred Mads Mikkelsen, Nikolaj Lie Kaas, Lars Brygmann, Nicolas Bro, Gustav Lindh, Andrea Heick Gadeberg, Albert Rudbeck Lindhardt and Roland Møller.