Zhang Yimou Remaking the Coen Brothers' Blood Simple
by Brandon Lee Tenney
June 23, 2009
A while back we reported that Chinese filmmaker Zhang Yimou, most recently the puppet master behind the 2008 Summer Olympic Games' opening ceremony, but most famously the director of Jet Li's Hero and House of Flying Daggers, was set to move forward with a new film entitled Amazing Tales - Three Guns. It was thought that this may actually be a remake of the Coen Brothers' debut 1984 film Blood Simple -- and it seems that's precisely what it is, according to a new update in THR today. The title has changed (translated from the original Chinese "San Quiang Pai An Jing Qi") to The Stunning Case of the Three Gun Shots.
We're not entirely sure how the plot has changed from the Coens' original. But Blood Simple's plot is just what you might expect from the Coens. It's the story of a Texas bar owner who hires a private detective to kill his adulterous wife and her lover. It's filled with double-crossings, cheating, lying, death -- and laughs. Zhang's version is set to be released later this year and has already been filming for about a month. Again, I'm a huge fan of Zhang. He's one of the most visually stunning auteurs working today, right up there with Tarsem and Aronofsky. I'm interested to see how Zhang will bring his beauty to the Coens' grit. You?