New Line of 'Boys' Due from Ratner

The "Boys" are back in town.

Brett Ratner is developing with an eye to direct a remake of "The Boys From Brazil" for New Line Cinema. Ratner and Jay Stern will produce via their New Line-based Rat Entertainment shingle. Granada's Robert Green also is producing.

The original movie was based on a best-selling Ira Levin novel, and starred Gregory Peck and Laurence Olivier. The movie centers on a Nazi hunter in Paraguay who discovers a plot to rekindle the Third Reich by cloning Adolf Hitler. The movie was released in 1978 by 20th Century Fox and was made by the Incorporated Television Co.

Granada owns the ITC library and when Green found the title, he met with former Dimension production exec-turned-writer Richard Potter and Matthew Stravitz, who pitched a take involving Neo-Nazis to make it relevant to today's audiences. Potter and Stravitz will write the script. The duo are repped by WMA, Danny Sherman at Principal Entertainment and Karl Austen.

Green is exec producing "The Stepfather" at Screen Gems.

Ratner, who directed "X-Men: The Last Stand," and Stern are prepping "Rush Hour 3" for New Line. Ratner is repped by CAA.

Toby Emmerich, Michelle Weiss and Jeff Katz are overseeing for New Line.

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Borys Kit writes for The Hollywood Reporter.

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