Venkman here- So the movie 'Welcome to the Sticks' is a remake on a French comedy called 'Bienvenue chez les Ch'tis', that apparently was very successful earlier this year, and made over $190 Million. The rights to the film were snatched up by Warner bros. and Overlook Entertainment. Producing the film is Will Smith, James Lassiter, and Ken Stovitz. I don't know why Hollywood feels that because the movie was a hit in Europe that it will be a hit here as well. The plot of the film really isn't even that original. it seems to have been done a 100 times before. Variety says:
The original is a hicks-in-the-sticks tale about a post office manager who has a nice outpost in the South of France but ends up banished to a rainy town in northern France, where he finds the local patois unintelligible.
I think I would rather watch 'Hot Fuzz' again.
Here is what Ken Stovitz says about how they are going to Americanize it.
"We will probably place the character in a global corporation, and he literally gets sent to the sticks, but finds that rather than a backward place, it provides all that was missing in his life."
So they hope this makes money. The story just doesn't interest me in the least bit. Like I said this is nothing that has not been done before. They don't say weather Will Smith will star in it or not, but if they want to make some money of this movie they better cast him.