Coen Brothers' Gambit Remake Finally Getting Off the Ground?
The Coen Brothers could make a movie about bowel movements and I would get excited like a little girl. So when I hear that the long gestating heist script Gambit from Joel and Ethan Coen may finally be going into production, well that's just about some of the best news I've heard this year so far. Buried deep in a trade article from Variety (noticed by SlashFilm), there's this little blurb: Producer Mike Lobell "is moving ahead with Gambit, a Joel and Ethan Coen-scripted remake of the 1966 British caper comedy that originally starred Michael Caine and Shirley MacLaine." So what if it's another damn remake? It's the Coen Brothers!
In the original film, which starred Michael Caine and Shirley MacLaine as the two criminals, "scheming career cat burglar Harry Dean prepares to steal a priceless statue from the world's richest man, he seeks out the assistance of Eurasian showgirl Suzy Chang. Though the likable rogue's plan seems foolproof as he conveys the details to his partner Ram, the execution proves a detailed study in Murphy's Law. Constantly reinventing the plan as his originally ideal spirals ever more out of control, it seems as if Harry's heist is destined to fail." A comedy of errors where the stakes are high - that's when the Coens are at their finest.
The script has been on the cusp of production three different times before with three different sets of actors, including Colin Firth and Ben Kingsley. So there's a slim possibility it could fall apart again before actually shooting. But of course no one wants to let a potentially brilliant Coen Brothers script go to waste, so I'm glad it's found new footing. Hopefully the fourth time is a charm. Until then, the Coen Brothers have their other remake, the western True Grit on the horizon, so there's some great stuff from the Joel and Ethan on the way. As always, we'll let you know if we hear anything else about this, so stay tuned. Anyone excited?