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Remember Jan De Bont? He was the guy who directed 'Twister' and the 'Speed' movies; basically a huge deal in the mid-to-late 90s. Then, nearly a decade ago, he directed 'Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life' and things...well, they sort of dried up career-wise. But now it looks like Jan De Bont is poised to make his big comeback with 'Five Minutes To Live.' During the Sundance Film Festival, where deals go to get made, the producers behind the phone sex comedy 'For A Good Time, Call' have pegged De Bont to remake this 1961 crime thriller about a pair of ruthless bank robbers holding a bank manager's wife hostage and forcing him to transfer money to an account they've designated. The original film starred none other than the late music legend Johnny Cash. No word yet on when filming will begin.
Don't get me wrong, I'm not saying Hollywood desperately needs Jan De Bont. I don't think anyone would argue that he's one of cinema's greatest directors. But what interests me about this project is that it seems the guy is being pulled out of de facto retirement by a film that feels like a major departure for him. While I'm sure there will be opportunities to insert action sequences into the script, this does not appear to be an inherently epic action film. It will be interesting to see if De Bont can actually muster some subtlety and create a more even-keeled, nuanced noir-type thriller. I will fully admit that I have not seen the original film, nor was I even aware of its existence, but now that this story has shed light on it I definitely intend to track it down. The other question that needs to be answered here before we can determine the worth of this project is who will be cast to fill the shoes of The Man in Black?
What do you guys think? Is anyone interested in a Jan De Bont comeback? Who would you cast for this?