Toni Erdmann Remake Loses Jack Nicholson

It was first reported over a year ago by Variety that Jack Nicholson and Kristen Wiig would be doing an American remake of the German film Toni Erdmann, and while progress on the film has been slow-going, The Wrap is now reporting two big changes.

First, and most unfortunately for many of us, is that Nicholson is no longer attached to the project. No specific reason was listed for Nicholson’s departure, but it is known by a source close to the production that Nicholson was on the fence about joining the film from the get-go. Nicholson, a three-time Oscar winner, has been on a hiatus lately, his last film being How Do You Know from 2010, so we’ll have to wait a bit longer for his return to the big screen.

The other big announcement is that Lisa Cholodenko, most famous for co-writing and directing The Kids Are All Right, will be in the director’s chair for the English-language remake. She was previously announced to do a re-write on the script after original writers Lena Dunham and Jenni Konner quit the project.

Kristen Wiig is still attached to the film and Paramount, who is keen about beginning filming this year, has not yet announced a potential release date. Wiig will serve as a producer on the remake as well.