Have you seen the British crime classic The Long Good Friday lately? The film holds up just fine. But this is 2007, and it's getting remade, and by none other than the virtuoso who brought us Mortal Kombat, Soldier and Aliens vs. Predator, which I have to say was one of the most unexpectedly boring films I've ever seen. The original Good Friday was made in 1980 and starred Bob Hoskins as a sort of East End Scarface who becomes the target of a bombing campaign. According to the BBC, filming on the remake will begin in Miami in 2008, but no details on cast have been announced yet. Things appear to be moving quickly, though, so expect it soon.
The chairman of Handmade Films, which is footing the bill, had this to say about the project: "The original was a highly-praised classic and one of Handmade's most prized films, but its reach was limited primarily to the U.K. Following continued interest from the U.S., we realized that this remake could attract audiences worldwide with an updated setting and contemporary overtones." Anderson himself is also quoted in the piece, noting: "I am delighted to have the opportunity to put a new spin on this classic film which promises to reveal today's gritty underworld in equally shocking fashion." Hmm ... haven't you figured out by now that new spins aren't your cup of tea? Nor is providing content that is 'gritty' or 'shocking.' By the way, you may be interested to know that the photo of Bob Hoskins above was snapped immediately after someone told him that one of his finest roles was being shepherded into the next generation by Paul W.S. Anderson.