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Unknown director Jaume Collet-Serra to helm Le Cercle Rouge remake Red Circle?

Feb. 21, 2011by: George Merchan

Director Jaume Collet-Serra is hot at the moment, coming off a weekend box office win with the Liam Neeson thriller UNKNOWN. Just last week, his name was being bandied about in relation to the impending G.I. JOE sequel as well, not to mention a potential franchise with the film HARKER about the vampire hunter Jonathan Harker character from BRAM STOKER'S DRACULA. And now? Deadline is reporting that Serra is making a deal to take on RED CIRCLE, the remake of the 1970 Jean-Pierre Melville masterpiece LE CERCLE ROUGE.

Originally, Hong Kong filmmaker Johnnie To (VENGEANCE, THE MISSION) was to give us his take (after replacing Melville-disciple John Woo) with a line-up that consisted of Chow Yun-Fat, Liam Neeson, and Orlando Bloom. That version was expected to go into production back in the summer of 2008. With To out, have Fat, Neeson, and Bloom gone as well? Fat and Bloom are anyone's guess while Neeson is probably a sure thing considering his connection now to Serra.

The skinny on Melville's classic (via The Criterion Collection):

Alain Delon plays a master thief, fresh out of prison, who crosses paths with a notorious escapee (Gian Maria Volonté) and an alcoholic ex-cop (Yves Montand). The unlikely trio plot a heist, against impossible odds, until a relentless inspector and their own pasts seal their fates. Jean-Pierre Melville’s Le cercle rouge combines honorable antiheroes, coolly atmospheric cinematography, and breathtaking set pieces to create a masterpiece of crime cinema.
Extra Tidbit: Alain Delon was originally set to star in Johnnie To's VENGEANCE before dropping out and being replaced by another French badass, Johnny Hallyday.
Source: Deadline

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3:35PM on 02/21/2011

To be fair...

...I haven't seen Unknown yet, but I think Serra is a trustworthy director, although I would much rather see To work on it (one of my top five directors). I HIGHLY advise that he put Joseph Gordon Levitt as Corey, he may be the only actor that I think can fill Delon's shoes.
...I haven't seen Unknown yet, but I think Serra is a trustworthy director, although I would much rather see To work on it (one of my top five directors). I HIGHLY advise that he put Joseph Gordon Levitt as Corey, he may be the only actor that I think can fill Delon's shoes.
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12:53PM on 02/21/2011
I saw Vegeance at the Cannes festival in 2009. It is no doubt the worst movie I have ever seen, terrible terrible movie. After that, there's no way I'm seeing a To movie ever again, so it's a good thing he's not doing this movie, as it has potential.
I saw Vegeance at the Cannes festival in 2009. It is no doubt the worst movie I have ever seen, terrible terrible movie. After that, there's no way I'm seeing a To movie ever again, so it's a good thing he's not doing this movie, as it has potential.
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12:33PM on 02/21/2011
To's out? Well, that sucks.
To's out? Well, that sucks.
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7:36AM on 02/21/2011

yeah why not!?!?!?!

let's just remake anything that anyone has ever enjoyed before. no reason it can't be updated and made to fit an american mindset and sensibility, right?
let's just remake anything that anyone has ever enjoyed before. no reason it can't be updated and made to fit an american mindset and sensibility, right?
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6:30AM on 02/21/2011
I agree he is a very up & coming director. I very much appreciated his remake of House of Wax, it was truly scary & had great visuals & of course he killed paris Hilton in it lol. I have yet to see Orphan which i heard is equally twisted & know about the mind blowing ending. Hope he gets more chances to direct higher scale films.
I agree he is a very up & coming director. I very much appreciated his remake of House of Wax, it was truly scary & had great visuals & of course he killed paris Hilton in it lol. I have yet to see Orphan which i heard is equally twisted & know about the mind blowing ending. Hope he gets more chances to direct higher scale films.
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