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Brian DePalma, Jason Statham And William Goldman Team Up To Remake Burt Reynolds Vehicle 'Heat'

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by Oliver Lyttelton
February 8, 2012 12:04 PM
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There's something curiously old-fashioned about Jason Statham as a movie star. He rarely, if ever, toplines tentpoles or mega-hits, plenty of his films tank badly, and he basically plays the same role every time. But he knocks out two, three, even four movies a year, bringing in a steady, reliable audience, and that's more than most movie stars can say in this day and age. The Stath is heading for a particularly busy year with "Safe," "The Expendables 2" and "Parker" all on the way, but he's just signed on for a new project, one that sees him working with a pair of Hollywood greats who haven't been heard of much lately.

Deadline report from the market in Berlin that Statham will star in a remake of "Heat," the mostly forgotten 1986 action-thriller that starred Burt Reynolds as an ex-mercenary who now works as a bodyguard in Las Vegas, who teaches a meek man (Peter MacNicol in the original) to be tough, while seeking out revenge on a mobster who abused his escort friend. The film will again be written by long-absent screenwriting great William Goldman ("All The President's Men," "Butch Cassidy & The Sundance Kid"), who adapted his own novel for the Reynolds film, and will return here, for his first film since 2003's "Dreamcatcher."

And the biggest news is that the man who's set to direct is none other than filmmaking great Brian DePalma, who hasn't made a film since 2007's "Redacted" (and honestly, we try to pretend that that and "The Black Dahlia," which came out the year before, never happened). The director's meant to be making the erotic thriller "Passion," with Rachel McAdams and Noomi Rapace, itself a remake of French thriller "Love Crime," starting next month, but the plan is for him to follow it up swiftly with this project, which is intended to get underway in France by the end of the year (presumably the setting's been moved to Monte Carlo, or something similar).

We can't say the original has a great reputation (and we assume a title change might be in the cards, given the associations with the Michael Mann film of the same name), but we couldn't be bigger fans of Goldman, and hopefully he's worked how to crack what he couldn't get right last time. And while it seems like the kind of part that Statham's done many, many times before, adding De Palma into the mix means this is something that we're going to follow pretty closely. Assuming all goes well (Sierra/Affinity are currently handling pre-sales in Berlin), we should see this in theaters by the end of 2013. Two DePalma movies in a year? Hot damn.

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6 Comments

  • eolc1902 | May 27, 2013 11:51 PMReply

    It wasn't so much that Mr. Goldman couldn't get it right the first time. According to press accounts, the filming back in '86 was a real cluster-you-know-what. As reported in Variety, Robert Altman was to direct, but Dick Richards got the nod; Richards left after he, allegedly, was punched in the face by Reynolds on the set, and then there was a succession of three other directors. Law suits followed. For detailed "reporting" on the incident, see National Inquirer (honest) for April 8, 1986.

  • Helgi | February 8, 2012 3:35 PMReply

    Brian DePalma is the living master of the suspense movies, second only to Alfred Hitchcock.

  • Steven Millan | February 8, 2012 3:02 PMReply

    While I'm all for Jason Statham,William Goldman,and Brian Depalma working together,why the heck to they all want to work on a remake of a mediocre Burt Reynolds actioneer that badly flopped the first time around ?

  • fffd | February 9, 2012 3:07 AM

    Because Goldman not only wrote the original's screenplay, but the book it's based on.

  • bruckey | February 8, 2012 12:55 PMReply

    Statham just gets it.
    All the other 'tough guys' either end up wanting to be taken seriously or else do a silly comedy that plays on their image

  • Huffy | February 8, 2012 12:24 PMReply

    Statham is underrated in my opinion. He's never going to be mistaken for a great thespian but he's always a bit better than he should be in roles that mainly involve looking mean while firing a gun. He's probably the only modern action star that makes me want to see his movies just because he's in them.

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