Director Jim Sheridan to Write and Direct a Remake of 'Into the West'
Back in 1992, before venturing into a different kind of fantasy with Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, director Mike Newell went Into the West for the story of two young boys who escape the poverty of their Dublin council estate on adventure ‘into the west’ to find a mystical horse recently stolen from them. Now it sounds like a remake is in order as Screen Daily reports director Jim Sheridan, who most recently struck out with Dream House, has been lined up to write and direct an update of the film with original producer Tim Palmer also involved. The story will be reimagined with the same themes, but in a United States setting.
For those cult fans the series has, it should help that Tim Palmer is involved, but American remakes can be worrisome. However, Ireland seems to have faith as the Irish Film Board recently granted its top development grant to partially fund the project. As of now no cast is attached, though names like Gabriel Byrne and Brendan Gleeson starred in the original, so some comparable talent should be found for the remake. Sheridan has Oscar nominations in his past for In the Name of the Father and My Left Foot, but just doesn't seem to have been up to par lately. Maybe taking a dive into fantasy will help.