Time Bandits, “Long Good Friday” Rebooted

Two classic cult films of early 80’s British cinema are about to get Hollywood reboots reports Variety.

First up is Terry Gilliam’s 1981 effort “Time Bandits”, the eccentric and dark fantasy tale about a young boy and a group of dwarves who use a stolen map to find and steal treasures from across history.

Former Handmade Films execs Guy Collins and Michael Ryan are in talks with a Hollywood co-producer to reinvent the property as a big screen kids action franchise, likely losing all the eccentric touches that Gilliam brought to the film along the way.

The pair, and Fred Hedman, are also in talks with director Paul McGuigan about turning John McKenzie’s 1980 gangster classic “The Long Good Friday” into a TV series. Bob Hoskins and Helen Mirren starred in the original about a Cockney gang boss threatened by Irish terrorists moving in on his territory.

Ray Winstone is said to be circling the lead role in the new version. Collins and Ryan previously tried to set the ‘Friday’ remake up as a feature which Paul W.S. Anderson would direct, though that incarnation has now been abandoned.

HandMade Films, formed by former Beatle George Harrison and business partner Denis O’Brien in the late 70’s, were responsible for some memorable efforts in British cinema in the past thirty years including “Monty Python’s Life of Brian,” “Mona Lisa,” “Withnail and I,” “Nuns on the Run,” “Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels” and most recently “127 Hours”.