By this point, the prolific rate at which Ben Wheatley knocks out movies is well known. But in case you need a reminder, this year he premiered “High-Rise,” wrapped the Martin Scorsese-produced action flick “Free Fire,” and now is gearing up a remake to one of the most acclaimed thrillers of all time. Whatever Wheatley is having for breakfast, I’d like some.
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Deadline reports that the director is gearing up a redo of Henri-Georges Clouzot‘s fantastic “The Wages Of Fear.” If you haven’t seen the original (you should remedy that asap), it follows a motley crew of dudes who take on a dangerous mission of transporting highly explosive cargo over a treacherous mountain pass in what becomes an increasingly nerve-fraying, life-threatening mission. William Friedkin has already done his version of the movie with his re-appreciated 1977 effort “Sorcerer,” and while we’d normally decry touching Clouzot’s movie, I’m curious to see what spin Wheatley puts on the material.
The director’s regular collaborator Amy Jump will co-write the script and development is underway. Sacrilege or not? Let us know in the comments section.