Chris Rock Replaces Mamet On “High”

Chris Rock has been hired to polish a David Mamet script. Yes you heard that right.

The film is a remake of Akira Kurosawa’s acclaimed 1963 detective thriller “High and Low” which itself is based on Evan Hunter’s novel “King’s Ransom”.

The story follows a wealthy executive whose son has been kidnapped and he’s prepared to pay the ransom using funds he needs for a critical corporate buyout. Before he can send the payment though, he realises the kidnappers have mistakenly abducted the child of his chauffeur and thus the decision becomes much more complicated.

Acclaimed scribe David Mamet was commissioned to pen the first draft of the screenplay over a decade ago by then producer Martin Scorsese (no word if he’s still attached).

Now, Black Voices reports that Rock has been hired to pen a new draft of the script for Mike Nichols who will serve as director.

The project would mark the fourth remake Rock has been involved in script-wise starting with 2007’s “I Think I Love My Wife” and this week’s “Death at a Funeral”.