A few months back, when A24 released Joshua and Ben Safdie’s crime-thriller Good Time, starring Robert Pattinson, the brother filmmakers set-up a series of films that inspired their latest film. One of the movies shown in this series was Walter Hill’s 1982 crime-comedy 48 Hours, starring Nick Nolte and Eddie Murphy. It looks like the Safdie Bros. are now going to go ahead and remake 48 Hours for Paramount Players.
Taking over the Eddie Murphy role will be another NBC star, Jerrod Carmichael from The Carmichael Show, who will co-write the script with Josh Safdie and his regular co-writer Ronald Bronstein.
Chernin Entertainment will produce the film with regular Safdie collaborators Oscar Boyson and Sebastian Bear-McClard.
One of Joel Silver’s earliest productions, 48 Hours was a pivotal release which not only kick-started Eddie Murphy’s movie career, but also originated the buddy copy genre that would become so popular in the ’80s and ’90s. 48 Hours director Walter Hill previously directed The Driver, The Warriors, The Getaway and Red Heat.
Good Time received a number of Independent Spirit Awards earlier in the month, after premiering in competition at the Cannes Film Festival and being released by A24 on August 11. The movie grossed just $2 million in its theatrical release but received quite a bit of critical acclaim, especially for its score by the mysterious Oneohtrix Point Never.
Before Good Time, the Safdies made independent films Heaven Knows What, Daddy Longlegs and more, so making the jump to studio films with Paramount Players and remaking what’s considered an ’80s classic should make more people familiar with their work.
The Safdies are repped by WME, while Carmichael is with UTA and Ziffren Brittenham.
The Hollywood Reporter initially reported on this story.
Edward Douglas | East Coast Editor
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