Friday, October 23, 2009

Rumors Circulating on a Planned Update of the Classic Film The Third Man

The Third Man by Graham Greene

We typically don't report on rumors, but this post on CHUD got our attention.

Leonardo DiCaprio and Tobey Maguire may be starring in a remake of the classic 1949 film The Third Man, which starred Orson Welles and Joseph Cotten and was based on a novella by Graham Greene.

Here's the studio description of the film from its most recent DVD release: Cynical pulp novelist Holly Martins (Joseph Cotton) arrives in shadowy Vienna to investigate the mysterious death of his old friend, black-market opportunist Harry Lime (Orson Welles), and thus begins an ever-thickening web of love, deception, and murder that adds up to one of cinema’s most immortal treats, as well as one of its trickiest. Thanks to brilliant performances by Joseph Cotten, Alida Valli, and Orson Welles; Anton Karas’s timeless, evocative zither score; Graham Greene’s razor-sharp dialogue; and Robert Krasker’s haunting deep focus shots, off-kilter angles, and dramatic use of light and shadow, The Third Man, directed by the inimitable Carol Reed, only grows in stature as the years pass.

CHUD speculates on who plays which part and the setting of the update, but really, nothing is known at this point. Still, it is an intriguing possibility and one we'll keep an eye on.

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