Earlier today, the full line-up for the AFI Fest in Hollywood was announced, and one of the things I'm most looking forward to seeing is the "Red Riding" trilogy. The movies were originally produced by Channel 4 for the UK, but IFC Films picked them up for theatrical release. They just played Telluride, and the buzz I've heard on them has been incredibly strong.
So, of course, they're going to be remade.
The remake's got a hell of a pedigree. Steve Zallian is going to be writing the film, and Ridley Scott is set to direct. Can't really complain about a eam like that. I assume that Zallian's going to be using the four novels by David Peace that inspired the trilogy of films as his source.
I'm just a little confused as to why they feel like they have to do it. Is there something wrong with Julian Jarrold, James Marsh, or Anand Tucker as filmmakers? Do we really have that little faith that American audiences can handle watching a drama starring people with English accents?
I've been excited to see these films for the last few months, and it looks like I'm going to see all three in one day next week. But even as I watch them, I'm going to have it in the back of my head now that these are just speed bumps on the way to the Hollywood version. I think that's what gets my dander up at this point... the idea that Hollywood is the last word on something. It's no good until Hollywood's had their way with it, right? Sure, I thought "Let The Right One In" was one of last year's very best films, and a fantastic example of how you adapt a film from a novel, but it doesn't count. Nope. Not until we get "Let Me In" with Chloe Moretz and Kodi Smit-McPhee next year. They'll show those dumb Swedes what they did wrong. Obviously, someone needs to remake "Red Riding" because the original stars nobodies like Paddy Considine and Eddie Marsan. I mean, Considine's just one of the best actors working in any language anywhere in the world right now... but who cares? Maybe they can get Keanu!