Susanne Bier, one of Denmark's most influential filmmakers, will direct "Things We Lost in the Fire" for DreamWorks.
Oscar-winning director Sam Mendes ("American Beauty") is producing through his production company Scamp Films. He brought Allan Loeb's spec script to DreamWorks this summer.
The story centers on a woman whose husband suddenly dies; she invites her husband's troubled best friend to live with her family, and as the friend turns his life around, he helps the grief-stricken family confront their loss.
Jeremy Kramer and Mark Sourian are overseeing the project for DreamWorks with Sam Mercer line producing.
Bier directed the Dogme film "Open Hearts" in 2002. Made under a set of 10 purist filmmaking rules developed by Danish filmmakers Lars von Trier and Thomas Vinterberg, "Open Hearts" won five Danish film awards and screened at the San Sebastian, Sundance and Toronto film festivals.
Bier also is attached to direct "Chasing Montana," written by David E. Kelley and starring Michelle Pfeiffer, for Focus Features.
Bier is repped by CAA.
Sheigh Crabtree writes for The Hollywood Reporter.
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