The Coen Brothers are no strangers to remakes, having remade Alexander Mackendrick’s The Ladykillers back in 2004, and currently planning a remake of the John Wayne western True Grit in the near future, but what if someone else was to remake one of their films? Does that make any sense to you? Well, it seems that acclaimed Chinese director Zhang Yimou (Hero, House of Flying Daggers) is doing exactly that with his new movie San Qiang Pai An Jing Qi aka The Stunning Case of the Three Gun Shots, which is being billed as a remake of the very first Coen Brothers feature length film, Blood Simple.
There were some initial rumours about this project last month I believe, but it all seemed a bit sketchy. Now, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed that production on the film started earlier this month and that it is indeed a remake, although how close it will be to the original remains to be seen. If I had to guess, I would anticipate it being vastly different; Zhang Yimou has a pretty distinct style that has taken over his recent films as of late, and to apply that to a Coen Brothers remake sounds intriguing (if entirely inappropriate). Hopefully we can look forward to some slow motion gun shots splitting dew drops in half. According to IMDb, the English language title is actually Amazing Tales: Three Guns, and the movie stars Chinese actor Sun Honglei (Blood Brothers, Seven Swords, The Road Home), actress Ni Dahong (Curse of the Golden Flower), and comedian Xiao Shenyang. Do you have any interest in this particular Blood Simple remake?