British director Ben Wheatley, one of the hottest filmmakers coming through right now, is in talks to write and direct a remake of the classic thriller The Wages Of Fear. Wheatley’s wife and frequent collaborator Amy Jump would co-write the project, which is still in the early stages of development. David Lancaster is producing through his Rumble Films banner with TF1, which owns the rights to the seminal original, selling and financing with eOne.
This is a project to get film lovers salivating. The original 1953 film, directed by Henri-Georges Clouzot, has long been a fave among cineastes. An adaptation of Georges Arnaud’s novel, about a group of desperate men hired to transport a shipment of highly explosive nitroglycerin across the jungle, inspired a generation of filmmakers including William Friedkin.