Ridley Scott Remakes “Red Riding”

Ridley Scott is in negotiations to direct a remake the three-part U.K. miniseries “Red Riding” for Sony Pictures says Variety.

The original, which was based on a four novel series by David Peace, is a study of power and police corruption framed around the investigation of the disappearance of several young girls in a case based on the real life Yorkshire Ripper killings.

All three feature-length parts were shot with different helmers using different cameras – Julian Jarrold (“Brideshead Revisited,” “Becoming Jane”) helmed the first part using 16mm film, James Marsh (“Man on Wire”) the second in 35MM Cinemascope, and Anand Tucker (“Shopgirl,” “Hilary and Jackie”) the third with the Red One digital camera.

Sean Bean, Paddy Considine, Andrew Garfield, Rebecca Hall and David Morrissey are just some of the stars that appear in the five-hour project that aired in the UK back in March this year, and gets a limited US theatrical release this Fall through IFC Films.

The film remake will transport the location from the UK to the US, and Steve Zaillian (“American Gangster,” “Hannibal”) is in talks to write the script. The project marks yet another in the recent trend of US film remakes of highly acclaimed five/six-hour British mini-series. Others in recent years include “The Singing Detective,” “State of Play,” and the upcoming “Edge of Darkness”.