John Hillcoat looking to helm LE CERCLE ROUGE remake

Joshua Brunsting

by: Joshua Brunsting
May 31st, 2010

With John Hillcoat confirming that his next project would indeed be the revenge film, THE REVENANT, starring Christian Bale, it looks like he may have his eyes on yet another project, and this time, it’s got history behind it.

According to Production Weekly (via The Playlist), the filmmaker is eyeing the long gestating remake of the Jean Pierre Melville classic, LE CERCLE ROUGE. An offer has reportedly been sent out to the director, whose latest film, a 30 minute short based off of the video game Red Dead Redemption hit FOX this past Saturday evening, and was kind of awesome.

The film has had a long history of trying to get remade, with both John Woo and Johnnie To taking over as director for separate adaptations.  The casts included actors like Liam Neeson, Chow Yun-Fat, and even the original’s star, and all around badass, Alain Delon.  Now, with a script by EASTERN PROMISES scribe Steve Knight, it looks as though we may have yet another shot at seeing this film get remade.

While the original ROUGE is easily one of my all-time favorite films, with Hillcoat at the helm I can’t help but think that this adaptation would be really something to see.  The remake would stick pretty close to the original, in that the film is about

An aristocratic thief who is released from prison the same day a murderer has escaped the custody of a police superintendent. The thief ends up robbing his mob boss and enlisting the help of the murderer and an ex-police sharpshooter for a jewel heist. Meanwhile, the mob boss persuades a nightclub owner and a pimp to help him trap the thieves, while the police officer is also looking to apprehend the convict.

I’m not one to really like remakes all that much, or really at all, but with talent like John Hillcoat, I can’t be anything but excited. The original has a really big spot saved for it somewhere deep within my soul, and while I think a John Woo take on this film, which basically birthed the filmmaker's style, would have been really interesting, this is also an interesting choice.  Not the name I would attach to the film, I really cannot wait to see what he's got in store for us, if this indeed does fall through.  What about you?

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