The 48 Hrs movie reboot has stalled

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The Safdie Brothers confirm they’re not attached anymore to a remake of 48 Hrs.

It looks like that for the time being at least, you can cross at least one upcoming Hollywood remake off the list. There had been plans to do a modern day new take on 1980’s 48 Hrs, the original film starring Eddie Murphy and Nick Nolte, with Walter Hill directing.

Back in 2018, it was revealed that Josh and Benny Safdie had been hired for the movie, to write and direct the remake. The pair though – who had just made Good Time – went off to do the acclaimed Uncut Gems starring Adam Sandler, that’s become a strong candidate in this year’s awards season race.

And whilst promoting that film, they’ve revealed to Movieweb that they’re no long involved with the new 48 Hrs.

Josh Safdie said that “we wrote a few drafts with the studio and it became very clear that we don’t know how to do a remake. We only know how to do our own ideas. The general structure kind of was there from the original, but the stuff that was taken from the original was my least favourite stuff

With no news on any other filmmakers joining the project, it seems fair to describe the 48 Hrs remake as being in limbo. More as we hear it.


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