Universal Pictures has tapped Andrew Kevin Walker (“Se7en”) to write their remake of the 1946 noir classic “The Killers.” The updated classic will reportedly have a similar storyline to the original, which followed two professional killers who pursue an ex-prize fighter known as “The Swede,” and the ensuing case that follows, headed by an insurance investigator who “uncovers a tale of betrayal, crime, and a series of events that led to The Swede’s ultimate demise.”
According to The Tracking Board, Ron Howard, Brian Grazer and Erica Huggins are producing the reboot through Imagine Entertainment, with Ben Smith of Captivate Entertainment.
The original “Killers” marked the debut of Burt Lancaster in film, where he appeared alongside Ava Gardner. Directed by Robert Siodmak and written by Anthony Veiller, and the uncredited John Huston and Richard Brooks, the film was nominated for four Oscars, and was eventually selected for preservation by the Library of Congress in the U.S. National Film Registry.
“The Killers” hasn’t been given a release date.
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