The original is about ‘Henri “Papillon” Charriere (McQueen), who is unjustly convicted of murder in 1930s France and condemned to life in a notorious island prison. En route, Papillon meets a quirky convicted counterfeiter named Louis Dega (Hoffman). In exchange for protection, Dega agrees to finance Papillon’s prison escape, ultimately resulting in a lasting friendship.’
Michael Noer is set to direct the movie from a script Aaron Guzikowski (Prisoners). It’s not clear when it might start shooting.