'48 Hrs.' Remake in the Works With 'Good Time' Filmmakers (Exclusive)
Benny and Josh Safdie, the brother filmmaking team behind the Robert Pattinson crime thriller Good Time, will tackle the remake of 48 Hrs. for Paramount Players.
Chernin Entertainment, the production outfit behind the Planet of the Apes franchise reboot, is producing with Safdie collaborators Oscar Boyson and Sebastian Bear-McClard.
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48 Hrs. was one of the movies that helped launch the big-screen career of Eddie Murphy, as well as the buddy-cop genre. Murphy and Nick Nolte starred as a convict and cop, respectively, who must team up to catch a pair of cop killers within 48 hours.
An early Joel Silver production, the 1982 pic was directed by Walter Hill, whose credits include The Warriors, Steve McQueen's The Getaway and Arnold Schwarzenegger's Red Heat and who brought a gritty sensibility to the proceedings.
As with Good Time, Josh Safdie will handle script duties on top of directing and will co-write the script with Ronald Bronstein, who co-wrote Good Time. New to the equation will be Jerrod Carmichael, the comedian who starred on and co-created the NBC comedy The Carmichael Show.
Good Time has brought acclaim to the Safdies and has been nominated this year for several Independent Spirit Awards. The brothers were nominated for a Palm d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival, where the movie premiered and won an award for its score.
The duo is repped by WME.
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