Hollywood loves to pluck films out of foreign obscurity and reboot, re-imagine and remake them into something which often bares little resemblance to the original on which it was based ("Dinner for Schmucks," anyone?).
But hold up, what's this? In the case of the French film "13 Tzameti," it appears as though we have the rare remake that just might outshine the original.
Now before those of you out there who've enjoyed the 2006 original shout 'Blasphemy!' consider that Gela Babluani, who helmed the original, also wrote and directed this remake.
According to IMDb, the film revolves around "a naive young man who assumes a dead man's identity and finds himself embroiled in an underground world of power, violence and chance where men gamble behind closed doors on the lives of other men."
Expendables Mickey Rourke and Jason Statham reunite in this re-do of a film the New York Times called "a diabolical thriller as cold and sharp as razor blades stored in a subzero freezer." With 50 Cent, Natasha Lyonne, the always psychotic Micheal Shannon and Beowulf himself Ray Winstone along for the ride, who are we to resist?
While the young director claims to have changed some of the story, it's refreshing to see a filmmaker re-imagine his own, err... imaginings for once. In a few months, we'll all be able to decide if it was a lucky move. No official opening date has been announced but there's a good chance we'll discover who gets their head blown off sometime this spring.