Yep, time for the old “remake of an Asian film bandwagon” to roll back into town. The next flick up for Americanization — 2007’s The Mad Detective.
According to Variety producer Arthur Sarkissian has nabbed himself the rights to remake Johnnie To’s The Mad Detective as well as To’s 1997 crime drama The Mission.
The Mad Detective was once referred to as “one of the blackest, darkest, most despairing films you’ll ever see”. Sarkissian describes it as “a psychological thriller about a police detective who uses his ability to see the inner personalities of suspects to solve crimes“. You can almost see how this one’s gonna end up.
All’s not lost though; there may be a chance that To will step up to direct both American remakes. “These are two of his best films, and if Johnnie wants to remake his own movies on an international level, that would be great,” Sarkissian tells Variety. We can only hope.
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