Director: James Mangold
MPAA Rating: N/A
Screenwriters: Wai Ka-Fai, Johnnie To
Copyright Holder: N/A
The film is a remake of the 1970 Alain Delon crime thriller "Le cercle rouge." Longtime To collaborator Wai Ka-Fai ("Mad Detective") is developing the script under the helmer's supervision. The original is described as follows: "Master thief Corey (Alain Delon) is fresh out of prison. But instead of toeing the line of law-abiding freedom, he finds his steps leading back to the shadowy world of crime, crossing paths with a notorious escapee (Gian Maria Volonté) and an alcoholic ex-cop (Yves Montand). As the unlikely trio plots a heist against impossible odds, their trail is pursued by a relentless inspector (André Bourvil), and fate begins to seal their destinies. Taking its title from Buddhist lore, Jean-Pierre Melville’s Le Cercle rouge combines honorable anti-heroes, coolly atmospheric cinematography, and breathtaking set pieces to create a masterpiece of crime cinema."