I’d like to think that it wasn’t that long ago that I was in college, but when films that I saw while attending Kutztown University in the heart of eastern Pennsylvania are starting to show up in line for being remade, I know that I just might be fooling myself.
Variety is reporting that Michael De Luca, the producer of 2006’s Ghost Rider, has optioned the remake rights to the 1987 supernatural thriller Angel Heart. De Luca is partnering with Alison Rosenzweig and Michael Gaeta. The trio have not only secured the rights to remake the film, but have also secured the underlying film rights to the original William Hjortsberg novel Falling Angel, which served as the basis for the first film.
The original film was written and directed by Alan Parker and featured Mickey Rourke as a down on his heels private investigator hired by a mysterious Robert DeNiro to find a missing musician. The film gained some noteriety over its steamy sex scenes featuring Cosby Show star Lisa Bonet. It also featured a rather effective twist ending, long before such twists became standard operating procedure.