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Last Updated: Wednesday, 16 May 2007, 13:07 GMT 14:07 UK
Long Good Friday gets US remake
Bob Hoskins
Hoskins played gangster Harold Shand in the 1980 original
A remake of the classic British crime film The Long Good Friday is being planned, it has been confirmed.

The 1980 original starred Bob Hoskins as an East End gangster whose criminal empire comes under attack from a wave of mysterious bombings.

Production company Handmade Films said the story would be "refreshed" with a modern setting.

Filming is due to start in Miami in 2008 under the direction of Paul W S Anderson, who made Resident Evil.

Handmade chairman Patrick Meehan said: "The original was a highly praised classic and one of Handmade's most prized films, but its reach was limited primarily to the UK.

"Following continued interest from the US, we realised this remake could attract audiences worldwide with an updated setting and contemporary overtones.

"When Paul presented his creative vision for this project, we were instantly convinced that this is a story that could be successfully refreshed, yet leave the integrity of the original intact."

Anderson added: "I am delighted to have the opportunity to put a new spin on this classic film which promises to reveal today's gritty underworld in an equally shocking fashion."

No actors have so far been confirmed for the project.

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