German filmmaker Werner Herzog (“Grizzly Man,” “Rescue Dawn”) has adamantly stressed that his next movie, “The Bad Lieutenant” with Nicolas Cage, is NOT a remake of the 1992 Abel Ferrara-directed Harvey Keitel film of the same name.
“No, it’s not a remake. You have to delete that from your memory, though we may not be able to delete it from public perception. It’s like I keep saying, ‘A James Bond film, the newest one, is not a remake of the previous one; it’s a completely different story.’ It only has a corrupt policeman as the central character and that’s about it” Herzog tells ComingSoon.net.
Herzog admits that the project is a high priority for him right now – “‘The Bad Lieutenant’ has to be done during a window of opportunity for Nicolas Cage which is coming very, very soon, so I have to scramble to get pre-production done. In this case, financing was unclear and I thought it probably was not going to happen, and then all of a sudden, two weeks ago, I’m called, ‘Come immediately, we have to start immediately, because money is there, Nicolas Cage wants to have me as director.’ It was a fine moment, because I had a good negotiating position with the production company”.
Herzog’s will follow that up by directing “The Piano Tuner” based on his own script. For the full interview, click here.