In the WTF! department comes this story just posted by Dave McNary at Variety: Werner Herzog will direct this summer a remake of Abel Ferrara’s Bad Lieutenant starring Nicolas Cage.
Really, that’s what it says. You can click over there and confirm it. And as the picture to the left notes, this is the first Filmmaker cover film to be remade. (What’s next? Suture? 24-Hour Woman? Twin Falls, Idaho?)
Ed Pressman is producing and Avi Lerner’s Nu Image/Millenium is financing. The script is by Billy Finkelstein.
Bad Lieutenant is one of my all time favorite independent films, and it’s going to be hard to top the combined contributions of Ferrara, screenwriter Zoe Lund, and Harvey Keitel. Herzog’s involvement, however, makes it hard to write this one off.
We’ll have to see post Cannes if this project materializes or whether it’s just speculative bait for foreign buyers.