Wheatley Talks “Wages of Fear” Remake

“High Rise” and “Kill List” director Ben Wheatley returns to cinemas in April with the pulpy fun shootout film “Free Fire” which had a successful festival run late last year.

The acclaimed British helmer has been linked to several projects and The Playlist asked him this week where his future schedule stands at the moment. First up he has a monster movie in the works called “Freakshift” which he hopes to shoot in June.

Before that though he’s writing the Tom Hiddleston-led adaptation of Frank Miller’s comic “Hard Boiled” for Warner Bros. Pictures. That comic follows an insurance investigator who discovers he is also a homicidal cyborg tax collector who happens to be the last hope of an enslaved robot race.

Another floating about though is the remake of Henri-Georges Clouzot’s “The Wages of Fear” and he went into details. After joking it will be twice as good as the original because there are twice as many trucks, he goes on to say:

“It’s contemporary and set in Africa, so a slightly different take on it. On one hand it’s a real poisoned chalice because the cineastes will be on it like f–king hawks, but then the other side of it is that it just isn’t a film that the general audience will know.

[William Friedkin’s remake] “Sorcerer” looms much bigger than it is in retrospect because it was quite a hard film to find until recently…. There’s something in it [Wages] – that idea of an adventure movie that is about tension and about people dealing with very definable risks, in a world where everything is so superhero-ey and unrelatable. Even though, obviously I see all those movies and enjoy them immensely, but that’s the breath of fresh air that that movie will bring.

But I do like that if I make “Wages of Fear” in the next few years I have the potential to be in cinemas the week before a “Star Wars” movie – the same way that “Sorcerer” got crushed.”

Wheatley took a break between films a few years ago to direct the first two episodes of Peter Capaldi’s run of “Doctor Who” and was asked about who should take over the role once he’s gone. Wheatley says: “Oh absolutely it should be a woman, really. F–k knows who to cast, but there’s no excuse for it not to be at this stage.”