Monday, October 26, 2009

Rediscovering The Third Man?

Since about the 70s, it's been a popular trend in Hollywood to remake classic films. From stuff like King Kong all the way to some of Hitchcock's finest, many classics have been retooled time and time again. Rumors have been swirling about recently that a remake to the classic Carol Reed film, The Third Man, is in the works, starring Tobey Maguire and Leonardo DiCaprio, with a script by Steven Knight (Eastern Promises).

If this rumor turns out to be true, is it a good, or a bad thing?

The Third Man is often considered one of those untouchable movies, for this reason alone much controversy will be stirred about if all of this is true. Am I personally against it? Not really. While I'm typically opposed to remakes in general, Tobey and Leo could easily match Joseph Cotton and Orson Welles, and with a script from Steven Knight, it sounds like this mystery/thriller is on the right track. I think the concept of the original had a lot of potential, but never fully met it, and I believe that these guys might be able to take this story and transform it into something that is truly special and different from the original. Only question is, will this latest version be a period piece if made?

Even still, the rumor does not link the film to a director, and simply says that the script is up for bidding with Leo and Tobey already attached. I'll try to learn more whenever it comes available, but for now still keep this in the rumor category.

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