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Martin Campbell to direct 36 Quai des Orfèvres remake

36QuaidesOrfevres_Poster.jpgThe news that 36 Quai des Orfèvres (Filmstalker review) was being remade was disappointing initially, but then details started to leak out that were quite promising, and now the news that Martin Campbell is set to direct adds to that.

Sure, it doesn't dispell all my concerns because the original film is superb and the combination of Daniel Auteuil and Gérard Depardieu as the two combatting leads is great casting, they both give excellent performances in a very well scripted and superbly visualised film. Yet this isn't an all out depressingly sad Hollywood sequel story...yet.

The film is very good and it sets these two characters against each other perfectly. The characters themselves are very well written and portrayed. In the sequel there's already been word that George Clooney and Robert De Niro are being setup for the leads. Now at the time that story sounded a little far fetched really, but the weight of the original film does warrant their casting.

What is clear though is that from Reuters through Yahoo News that Martin Campbell, the director of the hugely successful Casino Royale (Filmstalker review) is to direct.

This goes against the previous word that Marc Forster, director of Monsters Ball and Finding Neverland, was set to direct.

My only concern on this is that Martin Campbell is tempted to go for the action element over the strong characterisation and conflict in the script. Here's how I wrote about the film before:

It tells the story of two sections of the French Police Force, both headed by strong and very much "old school" policemen. Léo Vrinks, the strong morale character, is played by Daniel Auteuil, and the other is Denis Klein played by Gérard Depardieu. Klein is obviously jealous of Vrinks and his team and lacks many of the qualities that Vrinks does. Vrinks is a strong leader, commands respect and sees the clear line between the good and bad guys, Klein does not.

There is one clear path of promotion to the head of the force, and Klein wants the job no matter what, whereas Vrinks would rather continue to command his team and work on the streets. It's this ambition that begins to drive Klein, and coupled with his drinking and jealousy he soon finds that he's taking events into his own hands.

Dean Georgaris was previously said to be writing the remake screenplay, he rewrote The Manchurian Candidate remake, so you can see there's a balance here of whether this will be a good remake or not.

I'd be surprised if Clooney and De Niro are still aligned for these roles now, but Campbell has had a high with Casino Royale, so maybe there's a chance.



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