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Friday, 17 April 2009

Johnnie To's Mad Detective and The Mission to be remade

With Johnnie To's Vengeance gearing up for release, Variety have some news on a couple of his older films being remade.

Rush Hour producer Arthur Sarkissian has acquired rights to remake The Mad Detective and The Mission, two crime thrillers directed by Hong Kong helmer Johnnie To.

Sarkissian described To's 2007 film as a psychological thriller about a police detective who uses his ability to see the inner personalities of suspects to solve crimes. To's 1999 film "The Mission" is the story of a mob boss who survives an assassination attempt and hires five bodyguards to protect him. The bonds of the guards are tested when the boss orders them to kill one of their own after he's suspected of bedding the boss's wife.

"These are two of his best films, and if Johnnie wants to remake his own movies on an international level, that would be great," said Sarkissian. He intends to hire writers quickly and self-finance development.

The deal comes as To prepares to direct The Red Circle, a remake of the Jean-Pierre Melville-directed 1970 film "Le Cercle Rouge."

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