Simon West Now Directing Remake of 'Heat' Starring Jason Statham
We heard that next generation action star Jason Statham was coming on board to star in a remake of the Burt Reynolds film Heat earlier this year, but back then, Scarface director Brian De Palma was set to sit in the director's chair. Looks like that's no longer the case, as Variety reports that Con Air and Lara Croft: Tomb Raider helmer Simon West is now lined up to direct. Legendary screenwriter William Goldman (The Princess Bride, All The President's Men, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid) wrote the screenplay for the 1986 film based on his own novel, and strangely he's back to write this new adaptation also. More below!
I spoke with West during press rounds for his remake of The Mechanic (which turned out to be utterly terrible), and he seems like an affable guy who got stuck with some bad material on that particular film. One look at The Expendables 2 and how much more fun that was than the dour original that Stallone directed proves that West is still quite skilled behind the camera, and I'm actually very interested to see how he adapts this screenplay.
The original movie is terrible, an ugly film with almost no redeeming qualities, and it centers on a compulsive gambler who wanders the streets of Vegas doing "security" jobs and ends up taking on the mob when his prostitute friend is treated savagely. Filming for this one starts in February of 2013, so here's hoping West can infuse this story with a bit of life because as awesome as Statham is, sometimes he can be a bit too serious and drain some of the fun out of his material.