Stephen Frears To Remake His “Hit”

Stephen Frears (“The Queen,” “Tamara Drewe”) is reportedly developing an American remake of his almost thirty year old British black comedy gangster cult feature “The Hit” says Variety.

The original 1984 film starred a young John Hurt and a very young (and blond) Tim Roth as hit men hired to kidnap a former London gangster turned informant (Terence Stamp) from his Spanish hideout and bring him to Paris where he’ll be executed.

On the trip back things don’t exactly go to plan, the gangster’s acceptance of his inevitable death causing growing discomfort and discord between the characters.

In this version the action will be moved to the U.S. and Mexico. Both original producer Jeremy Thomas and scribe Peter Prince are involved in the remake which is still only in early development.