Jason Statham Joins Brian De Palma’s ‘Heat’ Remake

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It’s not a complete day in the movie news reporting business unless an announcement about either a remake or a new Jason Statham action vehicle has been released. Today, we have a story that covers both of those grounds, as “The Stath” is set to headline Heat, a remake of the 1986 film – NOT the 1995 Michael Mann movie – scripted by multiple Oscar-winner William Goldman (Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, The Princess Bride), based on his original novel.

Goldman hasn’t penned a screenplay since Dreamcatcher in 2003, but the 80-year-old author/screenwriter will be getting back in the saddle for the latest cinematic version of Heat. Fellow Hollywood filmmaking icon Brian De Palma will serve as director on the new Statham-centric dramatic thriller.

Here is how Sierra/Affinity describes the new film adaptation of Heat (in the official press release):

This tightly-wound, fun action-thriller, tells the story of a tough recovering gambling addict (Statham) who makes his living providing protection in the rough edges of the gambling world. Statham’s character┬árefuses to resort to gunplay, strictly using hand and edged weapon combat. When a dear friend is brutally beaten by a high-rolling mobster, he helps her get her revenge and he ends up in more trouble than he ever imagined.

The 1986 film version of Heat stars Burt Reynolds as the protagonist bodyguard-with-a-troubled-past; as was mentioned before, that movie was also written by Goldman. However, as far as contemporary reworkings of older titles go, this project qualifies as worthwhile under our Top 5 Rules For Movie Remakes. Much like the Statham-starring The Mechanic remake, most moviegoers probably won’t even think “remake,” when they either read about or see footage from the new Heat…They’ll inevitably think of Mann’s film, which is NOT CONNECTED TO THIS FILM.

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Burt Reynolds in the 1986 version of 'Heat'

It’s fair to say: whenever most people hear the words “Jason Statham thriller,” they automatically assume the actor will be playing yet another seemingly invulnerable force of nature in human form, who uses his physical prowess to serve some noble purpose. That will almost certainly be true with Heat, but we could get to see a somewhat more interestingly “human” and less invincible variation on the stereotypical Statham character, given his status as a recovering addict therein.

Both Goldman and De Palma are highly-decorated talents who’ve been responsible for producing great pieces of Hollywood entertainment over the decades, so their being involved with Heat sounds promising enough, from that perspective. Of course, some would argue the two are past their artistic prime – and it’s kind of hard to dismiss such complaints entirely – especially with regards to De Palma’s unmemorable work since the late 1990s (see: Mission to Mars, Femme Fatale, The Black Dahlia).

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Heat is expected to begin principal photography by either late 2012 or early 2013.

Source: Sierra/Affinity

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  1. WHAT THE HECK???? THE MICHAEL MANN VERSION WAS PERFECT WHY WOULD THEY HAVE TO REMAKE IT? THIS IS NUTS.

    jk rowling

    • It’s not the remake to that film at all. It is a remake of the whole a different film which had the same title starring Burt Reynolds with a completely different story.

      • I know that i can read. I was only kidding, friend.

        • Lol…my bad. Yeah, when I first saw it, before I started reading it all, I was thinking that myself.

          • Yeah haha we laugh yet by day’s end there will be loads of comments on here saying like “WTF VAL KILMER WAS THE MAN IN HEAT”

            • Very true…

              • I posted this article to a buddy’s wall on facebook screaming, “Why would they do this to us!!!!” And then I read the subtitle and had to ammend my post. Very embarassing… But still, they shouldn’t scare us like that! Get a new title!!!

                • Lmao…And you are absolutely right, they should not scare us like that.

                  • Heh, sorry. We’re banking on most people reading the excerpt, before they jump to conclusions about which movie titled “Heat” is being remade. :-P

                    • Alright, alright…I guess thats a fair assumption. It sure made for an interesting diversion from work…

                    • And it was a well written article by the way…I’ll have to go check out the burt reynolds original to see what’s being remade in the first place. But when I hear martial arts, swords and statham in the same sentence it does tend to pique my interest… It would be nice to see him in some lighter-hearted fare for a change…

                    • Lol…it’s all love Sandy and it is a well written article.

                    • Ha, no worries gang. 8-)

                    • So much love for an article about jason statham killing people. Warms my heart.

  2. A remake of a Burt Reynolds film?

    Oh.
    My.
    God.

    This is truly the bottom of Hollywood’s barrel.

    • I THINK THE BURT REYNOLDS ONE IS A ENTERTAINING FILM AND BURT IS NOT AS ONE DIMENSIONAL AS JASON STATHAM.ALL STATHAM DOES IS A ANGRY BRITISH MAN WITH PROFANITY AS HIS MAIN INGREDIENT.

  3. Somewhere, in some bar, Sterling Archer is furious upon hearing this.

  4. Possibly the worst idea for a remake since Chris “Keanu” Klein was cast as Jimmy Caan in McTiernan’s Rollerball remake. The very definition of hack it would seem. It’s all relative though. Bills to pay etc.

  5. Carrie, The Untouchables and Carlitos Way are the only DePalma films that I can and have watched multiple times. I’m sorry to those who worship Scarface but I honestly don’t get the hype. And it does not hold up at all. Mission impossible was ok but again if you watch it it seems rather dated.
    Hopefully there’s a turn around with this film. Statham can be pretty great at times. I love Snatch and The Mechanic was better than I expected.
    Oh, I forgot about The Bank Job. Another great Statham film…

    • Scarface didn’t “hold up” when it was made.
      Never mind, now.

  6. Love De Palma glad to hear he’s coming back with this and that Crime of passion or whatever its called. 2 remakes though?? hmm. whatever happened to Toyer? was looking forward to that

  7. Wow, I just got scared that Michael Mann’s Heat was going to be remade.

    I thought if this is true then Hollywood has gone too far, I am now happy that it’s another movie called Heat with Burt Reynolds.

    Also I am glad that Brian De Palma is returning to direct a movie.

  8. Hmm

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