Caine says Sleuth not a remake
So they're remaking Sleuth, that classic film with Michael Caine and Laurence Olivier that was adapted from the play by Anthony Shaffer by the very man himself, we all new that. However it seems that there are going to be quite a few differences and it might well be a worthy remake.
The news came today from Variety through Coming Soon that Sony Classics were picking up the film directed by the superb Kenneth Branagh with a Harold Pinter screenplay. Caine is taking the role that Olivier previously played, and Jude Law is replacing him in his old role.
Everything about this is strong, and screams success, apart from Law. Now I'm not knocking him, he's good in some things he does, others he's just mediocre, but I just can't see him holding up to the part that Caine made so good.
Over at Amy Archerd's blog there's some inside information from Caine himself.
"We've been rehearsing for two weeks..."..."But--," Michael is very definite, "this is NOT a remake. We are making a movie, not a remake."...
..."I play a control freak -- and the house -- heavy with marble and glass -- boasts many remote control features. I am a murderous psychotic and I researched the character and these conditions with Kenneth (Branagh). But I'll tell you no more,"
Well we've heard it all before quite frankly. Not a remake has been said about most remakes in this past year, we've heard it screamed about films that turn out to be just that, so forgive us if we don't leap at your opinion. Yet Pinter, Branagh and Caine returning to the role all make me think that there's something special here.