Abel Ferrara (pictured left, upon hearing news of the remake), the director of the original “Bad Lieutenant”, ain’t so thrilled that the Godless gents over at Nu Image/Millennium Films have his movie up on the remake chopping block. The remake, based on the 1992 NC-17 rated original about one bad cop with too many vices to list, is set to star Nicolas Cage in the Harvey Keital role, with Werner Herzog (director of “Rescue Dawn”, and who no one can ever call a hack) directing. In reaction to the news, Ferrara said this while at Cannes last month (via):
“As far as remakes go, Harvey [Weinstein? Not mentioned in this Variety story in connection to the project. Keitel, who starred in the original? Hmmmm....] begged me not to say anything mean, or stupid. [pause] But I wish these people die in Hell. I hope they’re all in the same streetcar, and it blows up.”
You know, Abel is a pretty subtle guy, but if I read between the lines just right, I don’t think he likes the idea of remaking “Bad Lieutenant”. Call it a hunch, but that’s just the vibe I’m getting.
Anyhoo. Undeterred by Ferrara’s buoyant support, Variety reports that Nu Image/Millennium Films have cast Eva Mendes to play opposite Nicolas Cage, thus marking the most heavily anticipated reunion since, well, EVER. (Mendes and Cage having previously co-starred in “Ghost Rider”, of course.)
No word on what role Mendes will play in the remake, but it’s likely to be sexy.