Hillcoat To Remake “The Red Circle”?

Though his Christian Bale-led frontier feature “The Revenant” is probably his next film, The Playlist reports that Aussie director John Hillcoat (“The Road,” “The Proposition”) will likely move on to a remake of a neo-noir classic after that.

That film? Jean-Pierre Melville’s 1970 effort “Le Cercle Rouge (The Red Circle) about a freshly released aristocratic thief, an escaped murderer and an ex-police sniper teaming for a jewel heist while a revenge-seeking mob boss, a nightclub owner and a pimp try trap them.

The project was originally setup with John Woo directing back in 2004 at Paramount Pictures and later Johnnie To came onboard while the likes of Liam Neeson, Tim Roth and Orlando Bloom were attached to star.

Now, a Production Weekly posting indicates an offer is out to Hillcoat to direct the film, something Hillcoat hinted at this past week saying the post-Revenant project is a “contemporary….crime thriller, set in Hong Kong and Macao” which matches the description.

Eric Fellner, Tim Bevan, Arthur Sarkissian, Brett Ratner and Jay Stern will apparently produce.