The original German film is a gripping tale of a nine-year-old girl with aggressive behavior as a consequence of a traumatic childhood. Falling through the cracks, she’s shuffled from one foster care facility to another on account of her aggressive behavior, deemed a lost cause, and labeled a “system crasher”. That is until she is placed with a caring but stern anger management coach. They form an unlikely bond, and he helps her find peace by reconnecting her with nature and also nurturing her passion for boxing. Debuting in Germany in September, 2019, System Crasher went on to become an acclaimed and commercial success across Europe, picking up multiple German Film Awards, including Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Screenplay.
The remake will be set in the U.S., star Channing Tatum and will most likely shine a light on childhood trauma, and healing just like the original. Fingscheidt, who also wrote the original script is on board as an executive producer for this remake along with Peter Hartwig, and Jonas & Jakob Weydemann, who also produced the original. Fingscheidt’s most recent work behind the camera saw her directing Sandra Bullock in Netflix’s The Unforgivable.
Free Association’s Garret Levitz will write the script and this project marks Free Association’s third project under the overall MGM deal after the recently released Dog (also starring Tatum) and Zoe Kravitz’s impending directorial debut Pussy Island.
We’ll leave you with the original film’s trailer in the hopes that it might encourage you to give the original version and watch whilst also giving you an idea of the themes the US version will most likely address.