Thank goodness for chatty producer Arthur Sarkissian, who talked to CraveOnline at the Television Critics Association not only about “Rush Hour 4″ but also about his plans for a remake of the 1970 classic French thriller “Le Cercle Rouge.” That means “The Red Circle” to all of us English speaking types.
“Le Cercle Rouge” is a crime movie starring the French superstar Alain Delon as “plays Corey, an ex-convict who robs the mob and teams up with a hitman.” Sarkissian is thrilled ot have booked booked James Mangold to direct it in Hong Kong and Macau next summer. Mangold is about to start work on “The Wolverine” any minute now, for a July 2013 release.
So why Mangold?
“He’s from the world of the old school of movies, The Getaway, The Wild Bunch. I see him in that world. He loves movies. 3:10 to Yuma to me was one of the best remakes ever. It’s very difficult to top an original and I think he did that absolutely beautifully because I don’t think the Glen Ford/Delmer Daves version worked as well as the one he did. He’s great with actors. He loves gangster movies. He loves action. He’s good.”
Needless to say, the very confident Sarkissian thinks they have a better script and hope to cast someone who will be more than equal to Delon:
“You know what, I have a wish list. I swear it’s so fantastic but Christian Bale, Russell Crowe, I’ve got ‘em all in my head, I hope to God one of them [accepts.] Matt Damon, Brad Pitt, Tom Hardy, they could all be fantastic either as the hitman or the Corey character.”
They’ll probably end up with Taylor Lautner.