Thursday, April 30, 2009

NEWS: The Coen's Blood Simple To Be Remade?

Well, possibly.

Variety is reporting that Chinese director, Zhang Yimou, who directed not only Jet Li's Hero and Curse Of The Golden Flower, but also created the stunning Opening Ceremony for the 2008 Bejing Olympics, is working on a new film, entitled Amazing Tales - Three Guns.

However, that may not be the interesting piece of news. Slashfilm, in all of their investigative brilliance, is stating that it may very well be a veiled remake of the classic Coen Brother's film, their debut, Blood Simple. Here's what they had to say.

The Monkey Peaches report makes it sound like the new project has taken the Blood Simple plot and relocated it in both space and time. It seems that they’re hoping for some martial arts in there too, which the Coens certainly didn’t include. The site appears to have contacted Zhang Welping, the film’s producer, but he wouldn’t commit to either a full denial or confirmation. Instead, the best Monkey Peaches could attribute to him is that it was “possible” that the film was based upon “a Hollywood movie

First off, let me get into just how great Blood Simple, the Coen's best film in my eyes, really is. Here's the plot synopsis:

A rich but jealous man hires a private investigator to kill his cheating wife and her new man. But, when blood is involved, nothing is simple.

There are double crosses, affairs, and some brilliant film noir tropes, that make this easily one of the, if not the best, modern film noir piece to come out. It's just a really great film, and one I hold close to my heart.

That said, there is nothing truly sacred. All, or at least the majority, of films can be redone, and with better results, if in the right hands. That last part seems to never happen, but with this, it may work. We will just have to wait and see.

What do you think?

Go see something good!

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