We really dug Good Time, which got a very limited release in Australia, so this is pretty good news: Ben and Joshua Safdie, the directing duo behind that caper, are attached to reshape Walter Hill’s crime comedy classic 48 Hrs. for the 21st century. Presumably with less use on the N word. Joshua will write the script along with regular sparring partner Ronald Bronstein and comedian Jerrod Carmichael.
For those not in the know, a) that’s a bit sad, and b) 48 Hrs. saw Nick Nolte’s tough, racist cop team up with Eddie Murphy’s wisecracking convict to track down two violent escaped crims (James Remar and Sonny Landham!). The trick is they only have… well, it’s right there in the title.
It’s a stone cold classic and a seminal role for Murphy, but it does hail from a time when our approach to language in general and race relations in particular was a bit more laissez-faire, so take that under advisement before you check it out – but you should check it out:
Man, the Safdies have their work cut out for them.