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The Osterman Weekend remake

TheOstermanWeekend.jpgIt was back in May 2007 that we heard The Osterman Weekend, the Robert Ludlum novel directed by Sam Peckinpah in 1983 was to be remade. Back then a director had been chosen, although he was a strong writer it was to be his directorial début.

Since then there has been no news, until now. Word is that the remake is alive once again and that a new director is behind the camera.

The original starred RRutger Hauer, John Hurt, Craig T. Nelson, Dennis Hopper, Chris Sarandon, Burt Lancaster, Meg Foster and Helen Shaver, and the story went something like this:

The host of an investigative news show is convinced by the CIA that the friends he has invited to a weekend in the country are engaged in a conspiracy that threatens national security in this adaptation of the Robert Ludlum novel.

Back in 2007 we heard that Simon Kinberg was writing the script and was set to direct the remake of The Osterman Weekend, that seems to be no more, well on the directing side as he has still delivered the script for the adaptation.

You'll know Kinberg's writing from Mr. & Mrs. Smith, X-Men: The Last Stand (Filmstalker review), Jumper (Filmstalker review), and Sherlock Holmes, so that bodes well for the action thriller side of the film.

However there's a new name being banded around for the directing duties, that of Robert Schwentke who directed Flightplan, The Time Traveller's Wife, and the upcoming big cast, comic book adaptation of Red. Now tick another box for an action thriller with that director.

However the story from Pajiba through The Playlist isn't a done deal, it's only a rumour at the moment, but it does show quite clearly that The Osterman Weekend remake is still on the cards.





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