Primed for ‘Crime’

Radford set to helm Malle thriller remake

NEW YORK — Phoenix Pictures has signed Michael Radford to direct “Crime of Honor,” the English-language remake of the 1957 Louis Malle film “Elevator to the Gallows.”

Radford, who was Oscar-nominated for helming “Il Postino,” will oversee a rewrite with an eye toward a spring production start. Leonard Goldberg, Neil Koenigsberg and Vincent Malle, brother of the late director, are producing the pic.

Original, which marked Malle’s directing debut, concerned an executive who murders his boss and gets stuck in the building for the entire night. When he emerges, he finds that his car had been stolen and he’s arrested for a murder the thief committed.

Pic, which was scripted by Malle, made an international star of Jeanne Moreau. The locale of the remake has been shifted from France to New York, and the redo was scripted by Patrick Kelly, with Seth Perlman doing a rewrite. Phoenix chairman Mike Medavoy is in the process of setting up the film with an eye toward getting into production next April.

Radford, who’s repped by Brad Gross, most recently directed “B. Monkey” and “Dancing at the Blue Iguana.”

The remake becomes yet another Phoenix-developed pic on the fast track. Others include the John McTiernan-directed “Basic,” which has John Travolta and Samuel L. Jackson in talks to star; the Paul Verhoeven-directed WWII drama “Official Assassins”; and a Milos Forman-directed adaptation of the Donald Westlake novel “Bad News,” which has been adapted by Doug Wright.

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