Blood Simple remake
It was a while ago when we heard that the superb Blood Simple was being remade, and remade in China, now there's some more information revealed about the film as well as a surprise about the backing, proving that this is going to be something more than a quick release.
Zhang Yimou is the man responsible for the film, something that already had us thinking that it was going to be a good remake since he's the name behind Hero, House of Flying Daggers and Curse of the Golden Flower, but now it seems he's gained some western production backing and distribution.
The deal comes from Sony Pictures Classics no less, and that does certainly lend weight to the suggestion that this is going to be something special. Undoubtedly the film will be modernised and adapted well, it most likely won't turn out to be a shot by shot, word for word remake of the original, that's left up to Hollywood to do.
The remake is already shooting, and its running title according to The Hollywood Reporter is San Qiang Pai An Jing Qi, which translates to The Stunning Case of the Three Gun Shots, that's literal and probably won't be what appears on the title of the DVD case when Sony releases it here, more like Amazing Tales: Three Guns.
The publicist that was revealing all to the reporter didn't want to reveal anything about the plot, but did say that Honglei Sun, Xiao Shen-Yang, Dahong Ni and Xiaojuan Wang are starring in the film, which suggests that this version may keep the small character base of the original.
The original Blood Simple comes from the Coen brothers and tells the story about a man who hires a private detective to kill his wife and her lover and starred Frances McDormand, John Getz, M. Emmet Walsh and Dan Hedaya.
It was a cracking film, and still is, and it's an interesting film to be selected for a remake in China. Personally I think this could turn out really well and we'll find that there are similarities but a lot more differences. Will a foreign remake of such a western classic be accepted back in its home country? Hollywood expect their remakes to be accepted that way round, so why not?