In a development I assure you nobody saw coming, Variety is reporting that Jack Nicholson has signed on to headline the Toni Erdmann remake for Paramount. Yes, that Jack Nicholson. Yes, the one you haven't seen onscreen in nearly a decade. Yes, the one we all thought had retired.
According to Variety's exclusive, Nicholson will play the titular role, "a practical joking father who tries to reconnect with his hard working daughter by creating an outrageous alter ego and posing as her CEO’s life coach."
As you know, Toni Erdmann's up for an Academy Award this year, for Best Foreign Language feature, and is - by most accounts - hilarious (personal note: I missed the film when it screened at Fantastic Fest last year and have regretted it ever since, never moreso than right this moment). Remake rumors started swirling a few months ago, and at the time quite a bit of grumbling ensued: why remake something so recent and well-executed? Nicholson's casting may well put an end to some of that grumbling.
Another interesting development: apparently, Nicholson was a huge fan of the original and went to Paramount himself with the idea to star in a remake. For someone who's seemed so reluctant to get back in front of the camera over the past seven years, that's pretty incredible.
Anyway, Adam McKay and Will Ferrell (!!!) will produce the Toni Erdmann remake alongside Maren Ade, writer and director of the original. As of now, there's no word on who'll co-star with Nicholson or who might direct, but we imagine that information will be along shortly.
What an incredibly unexpected turn of events. What do you guys make of all this?