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11.05.2008

Hollywood has a bad habit of taking European films with an artful bend, and transmorgifullifying them into middle-of-the-road schlock, perfect for the throngs of movie goers that made BEVERLY HILLS CHIHUAHUAH number one for like a gabizillion weeks. I keep my head and shoulders knees and toes crossed that the planned remake of 13 TZAMETI, to be called simply 13, will not suffer from the aforementioned syndrome.

Thankfully, my concerns are slowly being aleviated, first with the news that film's original director, Gela Babluani is on board to direct, then that Sam Riley was cast in the lead with Mickey Rourke, Jason Statham, and Fiddy Cent joining him. I think it's safe to say that I'm officially excited for this film, after learning that Ray Winstone and Ray Liotta have just been added to the cast, playing a competitor and a cop respectively.

For those of you that haven't seen the original, which won a special jury prize at Sundance a few years back, just know that it's dark, it's moody, it's oozes style and people get shot--a lot. The rest is on you.
Extra Tidbit: The film has yet to receive a domestic distribution deal.
Source: Variety

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