Joel and Ethan Coen wrote the script for the remake of the caper comedy
CBS Films is betting on "Gambit."
The company has acquired U.S. rights to the film, which stars Oscar-winner Colin Firth and Cameron Diaz.
Oscar-winners Joel and Ethan Coen ("No Country for Old Men," "True Grit") wrote the script. Michael Hoffman ("The Last Station") is directing.
Mike Lobell is producing with Crime Scene Pictures partners Adam Ripp and Rob Paris, who are financing. Rizal Risjad is executive producer.
The movie is a remake of the 1966 British comedy that starred Shirley MacLaine and Michael Caine.
It's about an art curator, played by Firth, who tries to con a wealthy collector into buying a fake Monet. As part of the gambit, he recruits a steer roper from Texas, PJ Puznowski, played by Diaz, to pretend to be a woman whose grandfather liberated the painting after World War II.
CAA set up financing for the project. Attorney Philip Elway negotiated the deal with CBS Films.
FilmNation Entertainment is handling international sales.
The film begins shooting in London this May.
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