Nichols remaking Kurosawa's High and Low with Mamet
As far as remakes go, few directors have had their works re-imagined as many times as Akira Kurosawa. The most famous of these, A Fistful of Dollars and The Magnificent Seven, have been almost as successful as the originals. Since Kurosawa sticks to such universal themes and does so with a self-consciously Western eye, it's no surprise that as time goes by more directors are looking back to Kurosawa for future inspiration.
It's in fact a bit fitting that the film is coming back West, since High and Low was originally based on the pulp detective story King's Ransom by Evan Hunter. The film is particularly admired for its tense first act and the strong influence of film noir, which is quite unique for a Japanese film of the period. The remake is being produced by Scott Rudin, who currently runs Miramax, and rumor has it Scorsese will stay involved as executive producer. It's still too early for casting or production dates, but the unlikely combination of Nichols, Mamet, Kurosawa and Scorsese already has us excited.
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