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A remake of a Kurosawa film… you’re
already on dangerous ground. But when it’s Mike Nichols directing from a
David Mamet script, I’m at least willing to listen. The film in
question is High & Low, the story of a business man whose
child is kidnapped and held for ransom. The original starred the
inimitable Toshiro Mifune, and it’s a really great film – and I think
it’s underrated since people tend to focus on Kurosawa’s samurai cinema.


Now
Chris Rock is writing the remake, href="http://www.bvonmovies.com/2010/04/12/chris-rock-to-remake-thriller-high-and-low-for-mike-nichols/">according
to AOL Black Voices
. What the
hell? How did Chris Rock get into the remake racket so heavily? And how
did somebody decide that style="font-style: italic;">Chris Rock was
the dude to write a police procedural?

For those playing along at home,
Rock’s remakes have been:

style="font-style: italic;"> style="font-weight: bold;">Down to Earth – a
remake of the Warren Beatty film style="font-style: italic;"> style="font-weight: bold;">Heaven Can Wait
style="font-style: italic;"> style="font-weight: bold;">I Think I Love My Wife -
a remake of Eric Fucking Rohmer’s Chloe in
the Afternoon
Those
are the ones he wrote. He’s starred in:
Death at a
Funeral –
a remake of style="font-style: italic;"> style="font-weight: bold;">Death at a Funeral,
a British film from two years ago
The
Longest Yard
Dr. Dolittle
Sgt. Bilko
(which I guess is really an
adaptation, but close enough).

And he’s optioned The First
Star
,
a 2009 French film, as well!

I don’t know, this whole thing feels
like a comedy bit. I feel like I’m in a weird alternate universe where
Sarah Silverman is about to write a remake of style="font-style: italic;"> style="font-weight: bold;">Au Hasard Balthazar.
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