Sony Classics to distribute Yimou’s ‘Blood Simple’ remake

Posted by · 10:12 am · July 28th, 2009

Zhang YimouDirector Zhang Yimou’s decision to remake the Coen brothers’ neo-noir modern classic “Blood Simple” is one of the more captivating film-related announcements in recent years. Today we learn that Sony Pictures Classics, which has been in the Yimou business since 1991’s “Raise the Red Lantern,” will distribute the currently untitled film.

The press release, in part:

Sony Pictures Classics Co-Presidents and Co-Founders, Michael Barker and Tom Bernard jointly stated: “The idea of a remake of BLOOD SIMPLE as seen through the eyes of Zhang Yimou’s masterful visual elegance and clever narrative twists is genius.  Our continued partnership over the years with both Zhang Yimou and Bill Kong has always been so fruitful.  We are excited to be back in business with them.”…

Zhang’s film will be a thriller-comedy remake of Joel & Ethan Coen’s BLOOD SIMPLE , set in a Chinese noodle shop in a sand dune-specked desert, rather than a bar in an unnamed Texas town. The owner of the noodle shop’s seemingly simple plan to murder his adulterous wife and her lover quickly spins out of control after the introduction of a gun into the lives of characters more accustomed to knives and swords.

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