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Sundance: Stephen Frears Confirms He's Considering An American Remake Of 'The Hit,' But It's Not Quite Ready To Roll Just Yet

  • By Todd Gilchrist
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  • January 23, 2012 10:04 AM
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Stephen Frears, director of the upcoming film “Lay the Favorite,” told The Playlist that one of his next projects may be a remake of his own film, the 1984 underworld thriller “The Hit,” with development of the film first surfacing late last year. “Well, if [the pieces come together,]” he said in an interview Sunday afternoon in Park City, Utah. “I’d like to do a remake of it, yeah. It’s such a good story, and I would happily do it again. I’d be curious to see if I could do it better, or maybe I’d do it worse.”

Stephen Frears Developing A Remake Of 'The Hit' For Some Reason

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • December 14, 2011 3:46 PM
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When Criterion reissued a tricked out new edition of Stephen Frears' 1984 gangster flick "The Hit," we were taken aback by what a beautifully composed, totally brutal little thriller it was. A clear inspiration for "Sexy Beast," the film starred John Hurt and Tim Roth as hitmen hired by London gangsters to kidnap a rat (played by Terence Stamp) who has been hiding out in Spain, and bring him to Paris. That's pretty much all you need to know -- it's pretty perfect. For some reason, though, both Frears, his screenwriter Peter Price, and producer Jeremy Thomas, feel that perfection isn't enough and are compelled to revisit "The Hit" in remake form Variety reports. Cue audible groan.

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