Stephen Frears Planning A Hit Remake

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Stephen Frears Planning A Hit Remake

by James White |
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Frustration and depression are two of the most common reactions these days upon learning that another title has been encompassed by the ever-expanding shockwave of the remake supernova. But what about when the film’s original director and producer are the ones spearheading it? What then? You’ll likely need to figure out your own emotional response as Stephen Frears and producing partner Jeremy Thomas plan a new take on 1984 gangster film The Hit.

While it’s not quite up there among Frears’ best known work, **The Hit **starred John Hurt and Tim Roth as two slightly bumbling assassins sent to snatch mob informer Terence Stamp from where he’s hiding in Spain, and transport him to Paris where he can be executed. But nothing goes to plan…

Thomas tells Variety that, "The idea is to make it as an American movie about an American gangster, to tell the story against the backdrop of the land of cinema.” The switch will mean setting the story in the US and Mexico, though no reason was given for that move.

There’s no word on who might write or star in this one, or even if Frears will return to the director’s chair, as it’s still in the early stages of development.

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