Alan Rickman taking the Herbert Lom role in the Coen Bros-scripted remake of GAMBIT!
Ahoy, squirts! Quint here. If you're new to AICN or don't pay me much mind (understandably), then I must ask you to click the below poster and purchase this obscure Michael Caine/Shirley MacLaine film called Gambit. I know it's a lot to ask on a blind buy, but it's worth it.
I love this movie, I talk about it whenever I have the chance and with a remake currently moving forward very quickly I feel even more pressure to push it on cinephiles before the unique moment(s) of this film are spoiled in the first TV spot for the remake.
We've known The Coen Bros wrote a script for this remake a few years ago. Outside of their initial script they're not currently attached in any way, shape or form to this remake (as far as I know), which includes any revisions, etc...
The Last Station's Michael Hoffman is directing the remake, based on the original film about a smooth thief and his beautiful showgirl accomplice who plan to steal a priceless work of art from a powerfully rich man.
In the Michael Caine role is Colin Firth... fantastic casting. In the Shirley MacLaine role is Cameron Diaz... not so thrilled about that casting. I'd have gone for Rachel Weisz or waited until Natalie Portman popped and cast her. Diaz isn't bad at what she does, but once you see what MacLaine does in the original you'll understand why I don't think she's at all a right fit for the character.
All that stuff was known before today, but the big news is that Alan Rickman has signed on to play the rich Shahbandar, filling the shoes that the great Herbert Lom left. Lom was brilliant in the original and I'm thrilled to death at the casting of Rickman in this part. I'm thrilled whenever Rickman is cast in anything, but particularly this part is perfect for him.
Also joining the cast is Sir Tom Courteney (Pasha from Doctor Zhivago) playing "The Major."
The description of the plot in the press release sounds a little different ("a London art curator who enlists a Texas Rodeo Queen (Diaz) in a scheme to con the richest man in England" isn't note for note the original), but I have to imagine the twist, as it were... the hook of the original will be used. It's too good not to.
That's why I insist on you watching the original. It's a fantastic comedy. Nobody can say how the remake will turn out, but I can say you can't go wrong with the original flick.
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March 23, 2011, 3:53 a.m. CST
March 23, 2011, 3:55 a.m. CST
March 23, 2011, 4:22 a.m. CST
I just love your original material, no need to do so many remakes
March 23, 2011, 5:02 a.m. CST
at least all of their films are quality (obviously some more that others) so why not give them all the hollywood remakes....
March 23, 2011, 5:06 a.m. CST
and the cajun.
March 23, 2011, 6:17 a.m. CST
...and pretty much any other movie you can think of. We have reached the limits of human imagination. You can see the signs all around you. The End really is near. I'm not making this shit up...
March 23, 2011, 6:21 a.m. CST
Is there a relevance to the showgirl being jewish? I'd be happy if Natalie was cast as the female lead in every film ever but Rachel Weisz has the charisma of a 48 year old alcoholic's shit. She turns straight men gay and makes gay men chop their cock and bollocks off. It was after god saw Rachel Weisz that he decided to retroactively give all women periods. After watching her "performance" in the Mummy films, five reviewers went home and drowned their own daughters in the bath out of disgust for womankind. The only role she should ever play is Medusa and she wouldn't need makeup.
March 23, 2011, 6:31 a.m. CST
But each to our own I guess, robertdee. //robertdeeranting
March 23, 2011, 6:42 a.m. CST
March 23, 2011, 7:17 a.m. CST
by Grammaton Cleric Binks
MacLaine needs her plumbing checked?
March 23, 2011, 7:22 a.m. CST
I know he's been doing other material, but never had a chance to catch it. But honestly, the man makes you sit up and pay attention when he's onscreen. The old cliche of paying to hear him read a phonebook is true here.
March 23, 2011, 7:35 a.m. CST
Is my favorite song by Yo La Tengo. Off topic.
March 23, 2011, 7:46 a.m. CST
by Grammaton Cleric Binks
Weaver and Rickman. It's a great indie flick.
March 23, 2011, 7:47 a.m. CST
by Grammaton Cleric Binks
Get to it.
March 23, 2011, 8:15 a.m. CST
March 23, 2011, 8:23 a.m. CST
March 23, 2011, 9:06 a.m. CST
Bummer. Who will play Maggie on The Simpsons now?
March 23, 2011, 9:09 a.m. CST
I don't have a problem with them doing remakes, but I would like to see some original stuff between them at least. As great as True Grit was, The Ladykillers was still not so great. The original stuff from them is always better though.
March 23, 2011, 9:10 a.m. CST
PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE DON'T EVER CALL A MOVIE OBSCURE AGAIN!!! DON'T YOU KNOW THE FIGHTS THAT STARTS!!
March 23, 2011, 9:36 a.m. CST
by golden tribw
And the last half hour was fucking awful. Nobody should have fallen down a hole, they should have run the cunting credits.
March 23, 2011, 9:36 a.m. CST
...legs up to her neck, and does some nice crazy contortion moves while stealing that statue head. What a woman! Makes Cameron Diaz look like Madeline Albright.
March 23, 2011, 10:29 a.m. CST
this film will really only share character names and basic plot structure with the original. Firth has said it isn't a remake. I think comparing Cameron to Shirley is ridiculous, and if her character is written as an over the top Texas steer roper, I'd prefer to see her take on that vs. Weisz and Portman's. She may not be the best actress, but she does over the top comedy fairly well. And with Firth and Rickman involved, I'm good to go.
March 23, 2011, 10:50 a.m. CST
by Wacky Packages
Try fixing the ones they DIDN'T get right the first time.
March 23, 2011, 10:55 a.m. CST
http://www.blinkx.com/watch-video/gambit/M4w2dGnjp06gKXm8pLY1sw I liked it. Yeah, Shirley Maclaine is hot as hell and all around impressive in this.
March 23, 2011, 10:57 a.m. CST
So much love and respect for that guy.
March 23, 2011, 12:01 p.m. CST
but of course he's not young enough. But he'll be great in the role first played by Herbert Lom, the very same guy who played the ever-twitchy Chief Inspector Dreyfus, if I'm not mistaken.
March 23, 2011, 12:12 p.m. CST
What a savings!
March 23, 2011, 12:36 p.m. CST
by nolan bautista
is trying to draw in the "Alfie" crowd (but Michael Caine looks strangely like Cary Grant)
March 23, 2011, 12:46 p.m. CST
that this movie is not available on netflix.
March 23, 2011, 1:45 p.m. CST
... I thought it was saying Rickman was gonna take Lom's role in a Phantom of the Opera remake. That coulda been cool. Haven't seen Gambit, guess I'll have to check it out.
March 23, 2011, 1:52 p.m. CST
Normally I wouldn't say that about a remake of a film I like, but the Coen Brothers doing this means it has a chance of being good. Speaking of remakes, can we get some really good and experienced filmmakers to remake The Train and Where Eagles Dare? That'd be nice.
March 23, 2011, 2:15 p.m. CST
March 23, 2011, 2:48 p.m. CST
Well Firth DID just win the Oscar, its time for his first post Oscar flop.
March 23, 2011, 3:04 p.m. CST
And I agree at whoever mentioned the Ladykillers – that was the first thing that came to mind. But, when you look at their body of work, that was more of a minor blip than anything else. With No Country for Old Men and True Grit, I’d say they’re in the zone right now.
March 23, 2011, 11:25 p.m. CST
by Mullah Omar
Not sure if that means that I haven't seen enough Rickman films, or that Rickman is that awesome. I'm banking on the latter.
March 24, 2011, 9:29 a.m. CST
by D Jones
So Mr Dee did she turn you down for a date?
March 24, 2011, 4:08 p.m. CST
I do remember seeing this movie a long time ago. I don't understand why Hollywood needs to keep remaking the old into the new. I do know some of it has to do with the cost and what has proven to work already. But is there no original ideas out there anymore? Great article about what should and shouldn't be remade (http://linkedinhollywood.com/2011/01/04/should-some-movies-not-be-remade/) Oh Gambit only time will tell us if this was a good thing or not.
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