Back in April we told you that Doug Liman was up to direct the developing remake of the 1960s film Gambit but unfortunately that deal fell through. The project was left in limbo, which is insane considering that Oscar winners Joel and Ethan Coen penned the screenplay. According to Deadline, they’ve finally found someone to pick up where Liman left off — Michael Hoffman.
If you’re not familiar with Hoffman’s work he previously helmed the film The Last Station in 2009. The Hawaiian native also helmed The Emperor’s Club, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and Restoration. He’s definitely an interesting choice for this project but we look forward to seeing him execute the material.
Gambit centers on “a cat burglar who tries to rob a billionaire of his priceless statue and enlists the help of a waitress who is a dead ringer for the victim’s late wife. While the burglar has carefully planned the job in his head, the execution is complicated by his relationship with his pretty accomplice.” The film will mark the first time in 25 years that the Coen brothers have written a script that they won’t also direct.
What do you think of Hoffman taking on the Gambit remake? Is he a good choice?