Rock Adapting Kurosawa’s ‘High and Low’ for Mike Nichols

Chris RockOut promoting the remake of Death at a Funeral, star Chris Rock has revealed that he will write an adaptation of Akira Kurosawa‘s High and Low for director Mike Nichols.

Black Voices reports that Rock is replacing David Mamet on the rewrite. Mamet’s screenplay was first commissioned by executive producer Martin Scorsese back in 1999.

The original is a 1963 detective thriller that follows an executive who learns that his son has been kidnapped. Ready to pay the ransom until he discovers that the kidnappers mistakenly abducted the child of his chauffeur, the executive must decide between keeping the money he has saved up for a critical corporate buyout or using it to save his driver’s son.

Rock has been involved with remakes before. Along with Death at a Funeral, his 2007 film I Think I Love My Wife was a remake of Eric Rohmer’s L’Amour L’Apres-Midi.

Rock also recently optioned rights to French breakout comedy La Premiere Etoile.