West directing remake of 1986 Reynolds film

Sierra/Affinity has reported strong sales at Cannes for the Simon West remake of action-thriller “Heat,” starring Jason Statham.

“Heat” is produced by Statham and Steven Chasman of SJ Pictures. West is directing from William Goldman’s script.

Burt Reynolds starred in the 1986 original, portraying a recovering gambling addict who finds work providing protection to his friends. Goldman also wrote that script.

The updated “Heat” is currently shooting in New Orleans, Los Angeles and Las Vegas. Milo Ventimiglia, Sofia Vergara, Anne Heche, Stanley Tucci and Hope Davis are also in the cast.

The film has been sold to Lionsgate in the U.K., Dutch Filmworks in Benelux, SPI in Eastern Europe, Universum Film/RTL in Germany, Klockworx in Japan, Nordisk in Scandinavia, Sun Distribution Group in Latin America and Star Alliance in China.

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