(Written for BritScene)
The Weinstein Company’s VOD-oriented label Radius-TWC has picked up the US and Caribbean rights to the English-language remake of Nicolas Winding Refn‘s 1996 movie, Pusher.
Originally directed by Refn (Drive) and released in 1996, the film follows a London drug pusher named Frank, originally played by Kim Bodnia, for a full week as his life turns into chaos after a deal goes wrong. The more desperate his behavior gets, the more isolated he becomes until there is nothing left standing between him and the nine millimeter bullet his debtors intend to put through his skull.
Now starring British actor Richard Coyle (W.E.) in the lead role, this English-language remake will be directed by Spanish-born director Luis Prieto, with Refn serving as executive producer and Matthew Read to pen the script.
Refn recently commented about the remake that: “Pusher was the film that launched my career and to have Luis Prieto direct the remake in London will be an exciting venture. It’s a classic tale with strong characters and has an engaging narrative. To see my characters, Frank and Tony in London, one of the most exciting and diverse cities in the world, is an opportunity not to be missed.”
The movie will also star British actors Bronson Webb (Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides), Agyness Deyn (Clash of the Titans), Mem Ferda (The Devil’s Double), Paul Kaye (Match Point), Daisy Lewis, and Bill Thomas.
British electronic band Orbital, formed in 2004 by Paul and Phil Hartnoll, have also signed up to provide the score for the remake. Set to release their first album in eight years, Wonky, in April, frontman Paul Hartnoll commented that, “Working on Pusher was a great opportunity to create a score that draws on both moody thriller styles and dance music in equal measures. Full of anthemic film noir moments. Brilliant.”
There’s no trailer for this remake yet, which is set for a late 2012 release, but below you can see the original trailer and the film’s brilliant new poster: