The current trend in Hollywood goes a little something like this if you haven’t got an original idea lets just stick a remake no one asked for onto the schedule. This time around Paramount has commissioned a remake of the 1982 48 Hours.

Coming off there critically acclaimed outing with the Robert Pattinson led Good Time, directors, who just happen to be brothers, Benny and Josh Safdie will take the helm of the project.

Planet of the Apes franchise production company Chenin Entertainment will be producing with Oscar Boyson and Sebastian Bear-McClard.

Back in 1982, Eddie Murphy was still a fledgling actor until a spat of films shot him to stardom, one, in particular, was 48 Hours in which he starred alongside Nick Nolte who played a renegade cop opposite Murphy’s bank robber. The story followed cop Jack Cates (Nick Nolte) as he pulls bank robber Reggie Hammond (Eddie Murphy) from a federal prison on a 48-hour leave to help him capture Hammond’s old partner, Albert Ganz (James Remar). Having escaped from a prison work crew, Ganz is on a killing spree around San Francisco, on the trail of half a million dollars that went missing after one of his robberies. The cocky Reggie knows where the money is, but spars with the hotheaded Jack as he enjoys his temporary freedom.

As well as taking on directing duties, Josh Safdie will also co-write the script alongside Ronald Bronstein, who co-wrote Good Time and NBC comedian Jerrod Carmichael.

Casting and scheduled release date for the remake have yet to be confirmed.

The Safdie brothers shot to fame this year, as Good Time did the festival rounds where they were nominated for a Palm d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival, where the movie premiered and won an award for its score.

  • Elaine Livingstone

    Never understand why the need to remake a film, has the same plot and ending so why spend the money? why not make something new?

  • Maya Russell

    About time! I think a remake is fine.

  • Kev Cannon

    Yet another remake that nobody wants – I think it is fine to remake a movie if the current technology means you can make a significant improvement on the original but to remake something that was already pretty near perfect makes no sense at all. Definite lack of ideas coming out of hollywood recently