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Simon West Replaces Brian De Palma On ‘Heat’ Remake Starring Jason Statham

Simon West Replaces Brian De Palma On 'Heat' Remake Starring Jason Statham

At this point, Jason Statham is genre unto himself and can consistently pull in a steady, though small, audience to the low-budget genre fare he churns out annually. Earlier this year it was announced that Statham would be starring in a Brian DePalma-helmed and William Goldman-scripted remake of the forgotten 1986 Burt Reynolds vehicle “Heat.” Though the film is still moving forward, the legendary auteur has been swapped out for schlock-impresario Simon West.

Though the initial hiring of DePalma came as a surprise it makes more sense that the director of “Con Air” and the “Lara Croft: Tomb Raider” adaptation would handle the remake. Besides, West and Statham are in the midst of something of a bromance as the upcoming remake will mark their third collaboration in two years, “The Mechanic” (which has as a sequel being shopped on the floor of AFM) and this year’s surprisingly fun — and dumb — “The Expendables 2.”

Goldman, the legendary screenwriter behind “All The President’s Men” and “Butch Cassidy & The Sundance Kid,” has written the film based on his novel — as he did for the 1986 film — which follows an ex-mercenary working as a bodyguard in Las Vegas who teaches a meek man to be tough while seeking out revenge on a mobster who abused his escort friend. Given that the time between the release of the Reynolds-starring film and now saw the release of Michael Mann’s seminal crime drama, also titled “Heat,” we’d imagine there’s a title change in the cards for the remake. Shooting will start next February. [Variety]

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