Everyone wants to be in the Colin Firth business now. After taking every acting award this year for his universally praised performance in Tom Hooper’s The King’s Speech, the actor is experiencing a career renaissance as offers pour in and the studios are opening their checkbooks for him. The latest big development in his professional life is that Gambit, the upcoming remake of the classic Michael Caine/Shirley MacLaine comedy that he’s starring in alongside Cameron Diaz, has been purchased by CBS Films.
Joel and Ethan Coen penned the screenplay but sadly will not make this fun film their next. Instead, Michael Hoffman, who made one of my favorite ’90s rom-com’s (One Fine Day) as well as the highly acclaimed drama The Last Station, will direct the splashy remake. The story centers on an art curator who enlists the services of a Texas steer roper to con a wealthy collector into buying a phony Monet painting.
The 1966 original is a loose and lighthearted film that managed to score a few technical Oscar nominations and bring in some decent box office. Now that Firth is a household name, I don’t see why this version won’t do the same, or even surpass its success.
Source: CBS Films (via Coming Soon)