After a ‘Sleepless Night’ Negotiating, Warner Bros. Has Acquired Remake Rights to a TIFF Midnight Madness Film

You want big things to happen to your little movie? The secret seems to be to get it in as an entry to TIFF’s Midnight Madness program. The good news just keeps rolling in for films that played at midnight at this year’s festival. First up for a Hollywood remake was director Gareth Evans’s Indonesian SWAT team movie The Raid, which was very nearly just one non-stop action sequence. Then there was news that Adam Wingard’s home invasion horror flick You’re Next was being purchased by Lionsgate and set up for a wide release. And now Midnight Madness hits the hat trick, as THR reports that director Frédéric Jardin’s French thriller Sleepless Night is next in line for an English language remake.

Sleepless Night is the story of a dad, a drug deal, dirty cops, a stabbing, a kidnapped son, a big bag of cocaine, and a nightclub all coming together to create chaos. Like The Raid, it’s getting a lot of comparisons to Die Hard because it’s full of action and takes place mostly in one setting.

Warner Bros. snatched up the remake rights thanks to the work of producer Roy Lee, who was going after this film even before it screened at TIFF. He’s hit the mark before by producing remakes of foreign films that ended up becoming things like The Departed and The Ring, so Sleepless Night seems like it’s going to be in good hands. Even if most of us here on this film site would rather just see a big release for the original film rather than a Hollywood remake. C’est la vie.

Weaned on the genre films of the 80s. Reared by the independent movement of the 90s. Earned a BA for writing stuff in the 00s. Reviews current releases at

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