Handmade Films and Impact Pictures announced today that they will partner in the production of a contemporary US remake of the classic 1980 British gangland crime thriller “The Long Good Friday”.
Paul W.S. Anderson (“Alien vs. Predator,” “Resident Evil”) will write and direct the $50 million production. The original followed Harold, a prosperous English gangster who is about to close a lucrative new deal when bombs start showing up in very inconvenient places. A mysterious syndicate is trying to muscle in on his action, and Harold wants to know who they are.
The original is notable for its all-star cast, many of whom were newcomers at the time. Bob Hoskins played Harold, Oscar winner Helen Mirren had a major role, and former James Bond Pierce Brosnan appears as an IRA assassin. Other notables were Kevin McNally (“Pirates of the Carribean,” TV’s “Life on Mars”), Derek Thompson (TV’s “Casualty”), Daragh O’Malley (“Sharpe” series), and regular Guy Ritchie bad guy Alan Ford.
Producers include Patrick Meehan for Handmade Films and Jeremy Bolt for Impact Pictures. Production is scheduled to begin in Miami next Summer once Anderson wraps up work on his remake of “Death Race” for Universal Pictures.
Anderson says the original “was an astonishing view of 1980’s gangland that shocked audiences with its urban crime and violence. I am delighted to have the opportunity to put a new spin on this classic film which promises to reveal today’s gritty underworld in an equally shocking fashion.”
Bolt says he is “confident that through our partnership we can produce a US remake that does justice to the essence of the British original.” HandMade Films International is launching worldwide sales at Cannes and discussions have already started for US distribution.