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Jason Statham and Brian DePalma bring the Heat!

Feb. 8, 2012by:
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Grungy-voiced Brit Jason Statham is teaming up with director Brian DePalma for a new adaptation of the novel HEAT by William Goldman. An earlier adaptation starred Burt Reynolds.

Here's the synopsis from the press release:

This tightly-wound, fun action-thriller, tells the story of a tough recovering gambling addict (Statham) who makes his living providing protection in the rough edges of the gambling world. Statham’s character refuses to resort to gunplay, strictly using hand and edged weapon combat. When a dear friend is brutally beaten by a high-rolling mobster, he helps her get her revenge and he ends up in more trouble than he ever imagined.

I haven't seen the Reynolds film nor have I read Goldman's novel, but this doesn't stir too much excitement. It's a perfect role for Statham if you mean Statham playing "Statham." I guess we're not really looking for him to stretch too far outside the bounds of "tough talk" and brutal beat downs, so perhaps this is just a good fit.

As for DePalma, it's been a while since he's done anything worthwhile. His last film, REDACTED, was the worst war film I've ever seen and likely will ever see. I'd love to see him return to his SCARFACE, THE UNTOUCHABLES or MISSION:IMPOSSIBLE days. There's no doubt that he has skill and Statham could benefit from working with a "high-profile" director.

This one could go either way. It may be the first time for DePalma where his star is more bankable than he is.

Extra Tidbit: What director would you like to see Statham team up with? Personally, I'd like to see him join ranks with Tony Scott for a Smokey and the Bandit remake. No, seriously.

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7:05PM on 02/08/2012
it's been 16 years since de palma's last truly good film (MI) and many would argue that it's been a lot longer than that. he's obsolete.
it's been 16 years since de palma's last truly good film (MI) and many would argue that it's been a lot longer than that. he's obsolete.
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5:50PM on 02/08/2012

Statham and DePalma?

That's sounds like a strange pairing at first. If DePalma can somehow bring the tension like he did in his early movies this could be pretty good. The reality is that DePalma hasn't done anything great, or even good, in years. Unfortunately, like John Carpenter, I think his best years are behind him.
That's sounds like a strange pairing at first. If DePalma can somehow bring the tension like he did in his early movies this could be pretty good. The reality is that DePalma hasn't done anything great, or even good, in years. Unfortunately, like John Carpenter, I think his best years are behind him.
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4:34PM on 02/08/2012
DePalma is still awesome, despite how bad Redacted was. No fan of film should doubt that he has the ability to continue to make great films. And I'm glad he's getting the chance. Redacted was better than the huge pile of shit that M. Night has stacked up over the years. And so was Femme Fatale. I'd loose faith in M. Night before DePalma.
And Statham might wanna slow down. Give the people a chance to miss him. Less is more.
DePalma is still awesome, despite how bad Redacted was. No fan of film should doubt that he has the ability to continue to make great films. And I'm glad he's getting the chance. Redacted was better than the huge pile of shit that M. Night has stacked up over the years. And so was Femme Fatale. I'd loose faith in M. Night before DePalma.
And Statham might wanna slow down. Give the people a chance to miss him. Less is more.
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4:19PM on 02/08/2012

love Statham so will

definitely look forward to this!

as for the TIDBIT

wow! that actually would be awesome, sure Smokey and the Bandit or whatever but just I would love to see him do ANYTHING with Tony Scott's style! I'd personally like to see him work with The Wachowskis or something... and him with Tarantino could be awesome as well! (nevermind another appearance with Guy Ritchie!)
definitely look forward to this!

as for the TIDBIT

wow! that actually would be awesome, sure Smokey and the Bandit or whatever but just I would love to see him do ANYTHING with Tony Scott's style! I'd personally like to see him work with The Wachowskis or something... and him with Tarantino could be awesome as well! (nevermind another appearance with Guy Ritchie!)
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4:16PM on 02/08/2012

The Original...

... Heat (with Reynolds), if I remember correctly, was about this Las Vegas guy that sells himself as protection against "Vegas Thugs." Sort of like a personal bodyguard except he also teaches people how to be good gamblers. It was a pretty low key film. I was like 12 or 13 when I saw it so I'm probably talking out my ass right now but it was interesting at least and had Dennis Dugan (director of 7 Adam Sandler films) as the guy who hired Reynolds for protection.
... Heat (with Reynolds), if I remember correctly, was about this Las Vegas guy that sells himself as protection against "Vegas Thugs." Sort of like a personal bodyguard except he also teaches people how to be good gamblers. It was a pretty low key film. I was like 12 or 13 when I saw it so I'm probably talking out my ass right now but it was interesting at least and had Dennis Dugan (director of 7 Adam Sandler films) as the guy who hired Reynolds for protection.
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2:21PM on 02/08/2012

Meh

I never thought i would say it but im getting tired of Statham, he always plays the same exact dude every time and does too many mediocre low rent flicks, all actions stars are guilty of this for sure but hes in about four movies a year Making himself get played out. Same with De Palma, used to be my no.1 director, now he just does crap. Maybe if theirs a good trailer ill be interested but as of now i really couldnt care.
I never thought i would say it but im getting tired of Statham, he always plays the same exact dude every time and does too many mediocre low rent flicks, all actions stars are guilty of this for sure but hes in about four movies a year Making himself get played out. Same with De Palma, used to be my no.1 director, now he just does crap. Maybe if theirs a good trailer ill be interested but as of now i really couldnt care.
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1:45PM on 02/08/2012

And don't forget

...his CARRIE and BLOW OUT days!
...his CARRIE and BLOW OUT days!
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