Here’s a taste of reverse fortune. As of late all we’ve been hearing about are American directors adapting or remaking foreign (mostly Japanese and Chinese) properties. Oh, how the tables have turned. According to Variety, Chinese director Zhang Yimou is planning on remaking Ethan and Joel Coen‘s 1984 film, Blood Simple. Sony Pictures Classics have agreed to distribute the upcoming Coen brothers adaptation domestically and in major foreign territories.
Blood Simple was the first film that the Coen brothers collaborated on 25 years ago. It was also the first major film that Barry Sonnenfeld worked as the director of photography. The film is described as a neo-noir, thriller-comedy. I’m not sure if those three genres mesh well, but that’s all I got. Director Yimou wants to change the setting of the original film by switching it over to “a Chinese noodle shop in a dune-specked desert, rather than a bar in an unnamed Texas town, and revolve around the restaurant owner’s plan to murder his adulterous wife and her lover.”
The remake is currently untitled, and will be the 11th film that Yimou has made with Sony Pictures Classics. This news puts me in such an odd place. I’m so used to complaining about American films ripping off other culture’s movies, that I’m kind of speechless. Blood Simple is a cult classic and I’m actually interested in seeing how the director will adapt the film to fit his personal style.
What do you think about Zhang Yimou remaking Blood Simple?