Morgan Freeman will star alongside Michael Caine and Alan Arkin in New Line’s remake of the 1979 caper film, “Going in Style,” written and directed by Martin Brest, that starred George Burns, Art Carney and Lee Strasberg in a comedy about Senior citizens Willie (Strasberg), Al (Carney) and Joe (Burns), bored with their retired living, when they come up with the idea of robbing a bank together. Though none of them has a criminal record, they nevertheless find the planning of the caper an energizing and satisfying experience all around. Even more surprisingly, they pull it off – but, well, as you can guess, things don’t end entirely as planned, as their age begins to catch up with them.
The Newline remake will also follow 3 retired men, but, unlike the original, they lose their pensions when the company they’ve worked for their entire lives, is sold to a foreign corporation. And so, desperate for income to live on, they decide to rob the same bank that’s holding their money.
Zach Braff is directing the remake from a script penned by Ted Melfi, with shooting set to begin August 3 in New York City.
Donald De Line is producing and Tony Bill, who produced the original film, is exec producing.
The 1979 film was released by Warner Bros, and grossed close to $30 million domestically, which is about $96 million in today’s dollars.
Freeman will next be seen in the dramedy “5 Flights Up,” with Diane Keaton, directed by Richard Loncraine, which is set for a May 2015 release.
Variety was first to report the news.