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‘Hit’ remake on tap

Thomas, Frears, Prince unite for redo of 1984 pic

Producer Jeremy Thomas is reuniting with director Stephen Frears and scribe Peter Prince to develop an American remake of their 1984 British gangster road movie, “The Hit.”

The original starred John Hurt and Tim Roth as hitmen hired by the London mob to kidnap an informer, played by Terence Stamp, from his Spanish hideaway and bring him to Paris for execution. But the incompetence of the hitmen means that nothing goes to plan.

According to Thomas, the remake, which is in the early stages of development, moves the action to Mexico and the U.S.

“The idea is to make it as an American movie about an American gangster, to tell the story against the backdrop of the land of cinema,” he said.

Frears made his bigscreen debut with “Gumshoe” in 1971 but then worked in TV before teaming with Thomas and Prince on “The Hit.” Thomas is also prepping a 3D re-release of Bernardo Bertolucci’s “The Last Emperor,” which he produced in 1988.

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