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High and Low: Chris Rock to write the script

  • Chris Rock is replacing David Mamet in writing the script for the remake of the Akira Kurosawa's 1963 detective thriller "High and Low".

  • The story follows an executive named Kingo Gondo, who learns that his son has been kidnapped. He is prepared to pay the ransom amount until he discovers that the kidnappers mistakenly abducted the child of his chauffeur. Gondo must decide between keeping the money he has saved up for a critical corporate buyout or using it to save his driver's son.

  • The film will be directed by Mike Nichols.

High and Low: Mike Nichols to direct the remake
Mike Nichols will direct a remake of Akira Kurosawa's "High and Low" for Miramax Films.

Written by David Mamet and produced by Scott Rudin, the film hasn't started casting. Martin Scorsese originally commissioned Mamet to write the screenplay back in 1999; it took two years for Rudin to pull the rights together. Scorsese likely will executive produce.

Kurosawa's 1963 detective thriller starring Toshiro Mifune was based on the Ed McBain novel "King's Ransom," about a businessman who is ruined when he honorably pays ransom to kidnappers who mistakenly nabbed his driver's son.
    Tue October 28, 2008 | Source: Variety