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Jimmy Cliff starred in the original about an up-and-coming reggae musician who gets dragged into the criminal underworld. The remake will be modernized to reflect the contemporary reggae scene.
- Garth Franklin
According to reports, a remake of the 1972 crime feature "The Harder They Come", is being developed by Justine Henzell, daughter of the original film's writer/director Perry Henzell, who will will produce the remake with Xingu Films' Trudie Style, Alex Francis and Conquering Lion's Damon D'Oliveira and Clement Virgo.
The original film followed 'Ivanhoe Martin' (Jimmy Cliff), a poor Jamaican man in search of a job, before finally getting one as a reggae singer. Upon the verge of a hit record, he discovers he has to sign away all his rights. Looking for an income, 'Jose', one of the the first people Ivanhoe met after he moved to Kingston, offers him an opportunity to deal marijuana, leading to a life of crime and violence.
Production on the new film will start in 2012.
Click the images to enlarge and Sneak Peek "The Harder They Come"...
- Michael Stevens
The 1972 drama The Harder They Come, which starred reggae musician Jimmy Cliff, will be remade as a joint production by U.K.-based Xingu Films, the Canadian company Conquering Lion, and Jamaican producer Justine Henzell.
The original movie centered on an up-and-coming reggae musician who gets dragged into the criminal underworld. This new take will be modernized to reflect the current reggae culture. The Harder They Come was directed by Justine Henzell's father, Perry Henzell, who passed away in 2006.
Chris Salewicz (Third World Cop) is writing the screenplay, which will be set in Jamaica and London. Justine Henzell will produce with Trudie Styler, Alex Francis, and Damon D'Oliveira. Here's what Damon D'Oliveira had to say about the project.
"Next year is the 50th anniversary of Jamaica and the 40th anniversary of the original film, so the timing is perfect. The Harder They Come was the first film to bring the real Jamaica to the world, »
The Harder They Come, is set to get a remake from UK production company Film Xingu Films, Canada's Conquering Lion and Jamaican producer Justine Henzell. The 1972 Jamaican classic starred reggae legend Jimmy Cliff as an aspiring musician lured into crime. The film is being produced by Henzell, Xingu's Trudie Styler and Alex Francis and Lion's Damon D'Oliveira and Clement Virgo and is the first film co-produced by the three countries.
The original was written and directed by Perry Henzell (Henzell's father who died in 2006). D'Oliveira described the new version as "a re-imagining that will move to contemporary reggae and reggae-influenced grooves." The film will be set in Jamaica and London, and written by New Musical Express scribe Chris Salewicz, co-writer of Third World Cop (the most financially successful Caribbean pic) and books including "Bob Marley: The Untold Story." A draft of the script is plannned to be completed to attract »
In the pantheon of great music-related movies, Perry Henzell's The Harder They Come stands tall. The Jamaica-set film stars reggae star Jimmy Cliff as an aspiring songwriter who arrives in Kingston, Jamaica only to be drawn into crime, and is set to one of the all-time great soundtracks. That soundtrack, in fact, was instrumental in bringing reggae to global attention. Even those who emerged from college with a total disdain for reggae thanks to over-exposure to the same ten party songs could probably find something to love by discovering this soundtrack in context with the film. So The Harder They Come is a pretty daunting remake prospect. It has stymied some would-be producers in the past, but now Sting's wife Trudi Styler and a Bob Marley scholar are working together to remake or, re-invent the film. Variety  says that Nmw editor, Third World Cop scripter and Bob Marley biographer »
- Russ Fischer
A remake of The Harder They Come is in the works, Variety is reporting. The original film, released in 1972, featured musician Jimmy Cliff in the lead role. Produced and set in Jamaica, the film became a midnight classic when it hit the United States the following year, distributed by Roger Corman. The crime actioner boasts a reggae soundtrack with tracks by Cliff himself. Justine Henzell, the daughter of the original film's writer/director Perry Henzell, will produce the remake alongside Xingu Films' Trudie Style and Alex Francis and Conquering Lion's Damon D'Oliveira and Clement Virgo. The new version is said to focus on modern reggae and will be written by Third World Cop 's Chris Salewicz. Production is currently targeted to begin sometime in 2012. »
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