Nichols Remakes Kurosawa’s High

Mike Nichols (“Charlie Wilson’s War,” “Angels in America”) is set to direct the remake of Akira Kurosawa’s “High and Low” for Miramax Films reports Variety.

Kurosawa’s 1963 detective thriller, based on the Ed McBain novel “King’s Ransom,” followed a businessman (Toshiro Mifune) who is ruined when he honorably pays ransom to kidnappers who mistakenly nabbed his driver’s son.

David Mamet penned the script and Scott Rudin will produce, though casting hasn’t begun. Martin Scorsese, who originally commissioned Mamet to write the screenplay a decade ago, will likely executive produce.