The Weinsteins have been desperate to get this project off the ground for years, and now they plan to throw $60 million at the movie to get the remake done and dusted.
It will be scripted by John Fusco, and while the basic formula of a twon under threat will stay the same, the film will bring things into the present. Also, this time round the town will be looking for mercenaries from around the world to help save them. Enter director Scott Mann who recently made a little known film called The Tournament. Starring Robert Carlyle and Ving Rhames, the film focused on a tournament which takes part very seven years where the worlds greatest assassins battle it out for supremacy. It aint a bad film, but it’s not perfect, and so stepping up to tackle such a well loved film, for such a huge film company is gonna be something testing indeed for Mann.
It would seem the Weinsteins have every confidence in Mann, and he has also been called in to help with the script. The Weinsteins, with the backing of Kurosawa Productions, are looking to have the film made by the end of the year. There are no cast details yet, but I am sure news will come flooding in once the film begins to take shape.
By Matt Wavish