It’s been nearly 20 years since Tom Tykwer‘s heart-pounding “Run Lola Run” took the film scene by storm, culminating in an audience award at the 1999 Sundance Film Festival and a slew of trophies at 1999’s German Film Awards — including Outstanding Feature Film, Best Direction, and German Film of the Year. And now, in a move that seems destined to coincide with the film’s 20th anniversary, Chinese production company Road Pictures has announced that they’ve secured the rights to the film and plan to make a Mandarin-language remake of the film.
According to an article in ChinaFilmInside, Road Pictures’s remake will star Zhu Zhu (“Marco Polo,” “Cloud Atlas“) as well as give the actress a producer credit. While some may argue that “Run Lola Run” shouldn’t be remade, as much as I may love the film, “Run Lola Run” isn’t exactly an untouchable property; there are elements of the movie that seem dated in the current digital landscape, but transplanting the vibrant story onto a new youth culture might be just what the doctor ordered. It’s now common to see studios rushing to remake foreign-language films before they’ve even finished traveling the festival circuit. I certainly won’t begrudge another studio the chance to beat Hollywood at its own game for once.
If you’ve forgotten the plot of “Run Lola Run,” we’re here to help:
A thrilling post-MTV, roller-coaster ride, “Run Lola Run” is the internationally acclaimed sensation about two star-crossed lovers who have only minutes to change the course of their lives. Time is running out for Lola. She’s just received a frantic phone call from her boyfriend, Manni, who’s lost a small fortune belonging to his mobster boss. If Lola doesn’t replace the money in twenty minutes, Manni will surely suffer severe consequences.
No additional information is available about the film at this time.