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Van Gogh films 'will be re-made'
Theo van Gogh
Theo van Gogh was shot and stabbed to death in Amsterdam
Three films by murdered Dutch director Theo van Gogh will be re-made with stars including Steve Buscemi, it has been reported at Toronto Film Festival.

Dutch and US co-producers will re-make 06, Blind Date and Interview in early 2006, Screen International said.

In July radical Islamist Mohammed Bouyeri was sentenced to life in prison for shooting and stabbing van Gogh.

Meanwhile director Atom Egoyan said it was "outrageous" that US censors rated his new film as a restrictive NC-17.

Kevin Bacon, Rachel Blanchard, Colin Firth and Atom Egoyan
Where the Truth Lies was shown at Toronto Film Festival
At a screening of Where the Truth Lies, director Egoyan protested against the film's rating, which prohibits anyone aged 17 and under from seeing the film.

"It's crazy, it's totally outrageous, it's very upsetting and I can't understand it," he said.

Where the Truth Lies features an orgy involving stars Kevin Bacon and Colin Firth, and actress Rachel Blanchard.

Egoyan said the censors' complaints centred on the amount of "thrusting" in the film's sex scene, but he said he still found resistance after making cuts to it.

"From the beginning they were saying it's not because of the homosexuality, I think it is. But they can't say that," said the Egyptian-born director.

He said the scene, in which the three actors appear naked, sits at a crucial point in the film and could not be removed without harming the story.

As an actor, I've always believed we have dark sides to ourselves
Kevin Bacon

Like Egoyan's earlier movies The Sweet Hereafter and Exotica, Where the Truth Lies looks at emotional and sexual manipulation.

Bacon said the sinister side of his character in the movie, comic entertainer Lanny Morris, appealed to him.

"As an actor, I've always believed we have dark sides to ourselves," Bacon said.

"I do have that Lanny side to me, where I could, in another set of circumstances, do some drugs and order up a couple hookers.

director Atom Egoyan
Atom Egoyan was furious at the rating for his film

"Even though that's not the life I live, at least right now, that still hasn't totally gone away."

The three van Gogh re-makes are due to star Buscemi, The Terminal actor Stanley Tucci and Gosford Park star Bob Balaban.

Van Gogh's 06 was about two people who met on a phone sex line, Blind Date was a 1996 tale of grieving parents and 2003's Interview concerned a political journalist relegated to interviewing a soap star.

The new versions will reportedly be shot back-to-back on digital video in New York, the film festival heard.


SEE ALSO:
Van Gogh killer jailed for life
26 Jul 05 |  Europe
Life of slain Dutch film-maker
02 Nov 04 |  Entertainment
Firth movie keeps explicit rating
08 Sep 05 |  Entertainment
Firth departs from romantic roles
13 May 05 |  Entertainment
In pictures: 'Where the Truth Lies'
14 May 05 |  In Pictures


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