Jan de Bont to Remake 1961 Johnny Cash Film 'Five Minutes to Live'

January 20, 2012
Source: Deadline

Five Minutes to Live

Director Jan de Bont hasn't made a film since the 2001 video game sequel Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life, but it sounds like the filmmaker is going to return to the adrenaline fueled action flicks like Speed and Twister that launched his career. Deadline has word that de Bont has just closed a deal to direct a remake of Five Minutes to Live, a 1961 heist film that originally starred Johnny Cash. The film follows two men robbing a bank as one holds the bank manager's wife hostage and the other tells the manager that she will be killed in five minutes unless he transfers money to an account of their choosing. Sounds pretty intense.

It sounds like this has the potential to be pretty dark as the logline, at least on IMDb, says the film follows a gang of bank robbers terrorizing a small town by knocking on doors and then killing whoever answers. Sounds like a heist version of The Strangers. De Bont will be working from a script by Raul Inglis Transparency), but it's not clear how soon the project will get off the ground as casting is just now getting underway. Funnily enough, the producers, Joseph and Jack Nasser, are here at Sundance with their phone sex comedy For a Good Time, Call… so we'll hopefully have a review of that over the next week

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