Wednesday, February 08, 2012

William Goldman to Adapt his Thriller Heat for Brian De Palma to Direct, Jason Statham to Star

Heat by William Goldman

Crime novelist William Goldman will adapt his own 1985 thriller Heat for Brian De Palma to direct. Jason Statham will star as Nick Escalante, an ex-Marine, who (in the book) chances on to a bizarre kidnapping threat and races into a night-time world of false identities, vicious grievances, and gruesome encounters.

The character was first played by Burt Reynolds in a 1986 adaptation of the book, from a screenplay also written by Goldman … though the plot of the film seems to differ substantially from the book. (We haven't seen it so cannot say for sure.) This second effort is being reported as a remake, so it's likely to be closer to the previous film than the book.

(Related article: The Hollywood Reporter.)

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