Chris Rock writing remake of Kurosawa film

Chris Rock, star of CB4 and Pootie Tang, is writing the screenplay for a remake of Akira Kurosawa‘s film High and Low, because apparently it’s backwards day.

According to Black Voices, Rock will pen a modern take on the 1963 thriller for director Mike Nichols.

Rock is no stranger to remakes, having also penned the scripts and starred in I Think I Love My Wife (an update of the French flick L’Amour l’après-midi) and Down to Earth (based on Heaven Can Wait). He also stars in Neil LaBute’s upcoming remake of the British comedy Death at a Funeral.

Kurosawa’s High and Low, although not regarded amongst the auteur’s best, is still a Kurosawa film. Therefore, any remake is certain to carry a significant amount of risk.

The original, based upon Evan Hunter’s procedural novel King’s Ransom, follows a wealthy executive (Toshiro Mifune) whose chauffeur’s son is accidentally kidnapped in the place of his own son.

David Mamet was commissioned to write the screenplay for a remake in 1999 by executive producer Martin Scorsese. It is unknown whether or not Rock’s script is at all related.

Discuss: Rock is a very funny man, but has he proven his worth as a screenwriter, and potentially as a star of a dramatic thriller?

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