Ridley Scott remaking Red Riding?

Sony wants Steven Zaillian to script…

There are some directors who has quite busy development plates. Then there's Ridley Scott, who seems ready to add a Red Riding remake to his overly crowded schedule.

Sony has bought the rights to both the miniseries about police corruption and misuse of power - shown over here on Channel 4 - and David Peace's original source novels.

While the series will have a US release, Sony wants to take the five-hour plot and have Steven Zaillian (who worked with Scott on American Gangster and Hannibal) squash it down into one film. What? No plans for a trilogy?

And it also wants the setting changed from the UK to the US. Because switching that seemingly vital element won't affect it at all…

It's anyone's guess when it'll actually see a shooting schedule as Scott has so many films vying for his attention and it's not like Zaillian is sitting on a sofa munching crisps all day either.

Question is, did the superb Red Riding really need remaking?

[Source: Variety]

What do you think? Give it a makeover or leave well enough alone?


    • ashley.russell

      Oct 15th 2009, 10:09

      well it doesn't really make sense for it to be set in the US but then to remake it set in the UK just seems pointless. It is Ridley Scott though, so it could be good.

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    • BazVanderClap

      Oct 15th 2009, 11:22

      What a terrible idea. As it was, the admittedly brilliant mini-seies skipped over 1977 from David Peace's quartet, so condensing it to a 2 hour feature film is going to be nigh-on impossible. And as for the Stateside move, what can they possibly hang it on thematically? The Zodiac? Son of Sam? We've already had films about that, thanks. I'm giving Ridley the benefit of the doubt on the Alien prequel as it is, I don't think my goodwill can stretch much farther...

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    • tommy6858

      Oct 15th 2009, 16:56

      They shouldn't remake any of the three films, they were awful and i don't see Ridley Scott making any good out of it. He's a great director and can accomplish so much more than re-doing these 3 petty excuses for british television. Now don't get me wrong, the Red Riding series wasnt the worst thing ever to come out of Britain, but after watching them i just got a feeling that the makers tried as hard as they could to make each one the darkest programmes on TV. This resulted in an unfulfilled storyline and hollow characters. If Ridley Scott can do a much better job than the idiots behind the originals then fairplay to him and i can't wait to see the result.

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    • ashley.russell

      Oct 16th 2009, 1:52

      tommy6858, although I disagree with you, you may appreciate Kevin Bishop's p**stake of the Red Riding trilogy, enjoy --> http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-HXaj2IYYn8

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    • Ali1748

      Oct 16th 2009, 10:52

      Sir Ridley finish making Robin Hood then make the next Alien please.

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