British director Ben Wheatley (“Kill List,” “A Field in England”) is in talks to write and direct the latest remake of Henri-Georges Clouzot’s stone cold 1953 action thriller classic “The Wages Of Fear” at Rumble Films and TF1.
The original film, an adaptation of George Arnaud’s novel, kicks off when an Mexican oil well owned by an American company catches fire. The company hires four European men, down on their luck and desperate, to drive two trucks 300 miles cross country over treacherous dirt roads – trucks loaded with volatile nitroglycerine which is needed to extinguish the flames.
Filmmaker William Friedkin and actor Roy Scheider, hot off their successes with “The Exorcist” and “Jaws” respectively, teamed for a remake of the film entitled “Sorcerer” which shifted the action to the jungles of Amazon. Though a commercial disappointment, the film’s reputation has grown over the years.
Wheatley’s wife and frequent collaborator Amy Jump will co-write the project. David Lancaster (“Drive,” “Nightcrawler”) is producing.
Wheatley helmed the J.G. Ballard adaptation “High Rise” which premiered at Toronto to a volatile response, and his Martin Scorsese-produced, 1970s Boston-set action thriller “Free Fire” was picked up by Alchemy for a whopping $3 million at AFM last week.