In a move that surprises probably no one, a major Hollywood studio is officially on the verge of another remake of a cinematic class. Enter 48 Hrs, directed by Walter Hill and released in 1982 as an inaugural entry into the era of buddy cop movies of its time starring Eddie Murphy and Nick Nolte.
The film was an action comedy hit that centered on a reluctant partnership between a San Francisco detective in search of two cop killers, and his only lead: a former criminal associate doing time following a botched heist of half-a-million dollars from a drug dealer stashed in his own car. A sequel followed in 1990 and as it stands, the original film is now on par for a remake at Paramount Players from Ben and Josh Safdie, the award-winning film duo behind the riveting Palme d’Or-nominated crime pic, Good Time.
As The Hollywood Reporter writes, Josh Safie will handle directing duties and will co-write with Good Time co-scribe, Ronald Bronstein, who co-wrote Good Time along with comedian Jerrod Carmichael of The Carmichael Show fame. Chernin Entertainment is producing with Safdie cohorts Oscar Boyson and Sebastian Bear-McClard.
I haven’t seen anything else directed by the Safdie brothers while I’m more keen on Good Time which is currently on VoD as of this article. As for whether or not they can replicate or somehow build on the bygone era of buddy cop comedies like 48 Hrs enough to hail a proper remake, well…I’ll leave that up to you guys.
Personally I just hope we don’t end up with anything juvenile or shortsighted. Beyond that, the two predecessors from the man who also brought us classics like The Warriors and Red Heat ought to suit us just fine until then. Good luck, sibs!
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