Coen Brothers' "Gambit" Remake Goes Forward

11/27/2010 Posted by Admin

Coen Brothers' "Gambit" Remake Goes Forward

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By our guest blogger, Matt Jussim

As they ready for the release of their new film, the remake of the John Wayne classic "True Grit," the Coen Brothers may have finally found a home for another project they have worked on.

Way back in January, word spread around that the Coens' remake of the 1966 British caper "Gambit" was finally getting off the ground, with Doug Liman in the director's chair. The brothers scripted the film, but after a bit of time, Liman dropped out and the project remained in limbo.

But according to Deadline, Crime Scene Pictures has signed on to finance the remake with director Michael Hoffman at the helm. Hoffman has previously directed "The Emperor's Club," "One Fine Day" and "The Last Station."

Michael Caine and Shirley MacLaine starred in the original about a cat burglar who tries to rob a billionaire of a priceless statue. He enlists the help of a waitress who is a dead ringer for the victim's late wife, but the job's execution is complicated by his relationship with his accomplice.

Considering the Coen Brothers penned the screenplay, there's no doubt in my mind that this will be a quality production.  I would love to see what the duo would create if they directed this script, but having seen some of Hoffman's past work, I think he will do a formidable job.

One of Hoffman's most recent films, "The Station Agent," was a surprisingly good film and "The Emperor's Club" was vastly underrated. On top of that, "One Fine Day" is a guilty pleasure of mine, and the film showcased Hoffman's ability to balance two romantic leads in George Clooney and Michele Phiffer.  His experience on that film should come in handy on this picture.

Casting should begin soon.

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