Variety‘s Dave McNary reported today that Paul Haggis has written and will soon direct a thriller called The Next Three Days. It’s a remake of Fred Cavaye‘s Pour Elle, a December ’08 French release which costarred Diane Kruger and Vincent Lindon.

Lionsgate has acquired remake rights from Wild Bunch and Fidelite Films. Haggis and Michael Nozik will produce The Next Three Days through their production company Highway 61 Films, along with Marc Missonnier and Olivier Delbosc of Fidelite Films. Shooting will start in August.

An IMDB synopsis of Pour Elle reads as follows: “Lisa (Kruger) and Julien (Lindon) are married and leading a happy uneventful life with their son Oscar (Lancelot Roch). But their life radically changes when the police comes to arrest Lisa on murder charges. She’s sentenced to 20 years in the slammer. Convinced of his wife’s innocence, Julien decides to act [but] how far will he be willing to go for her?”