One of the stranger turns in his entertainment career, Johnny Cash starred in the 1961 crime thriller Five Minutes to Live, playing a criminal named Johnny Cabot involved in a kidnapping and bank robbery. Deadline now reports that the project is planned for a remake with Jan de Bont directing.
Re-released in 1966 under the title Door-to-Door Maniac, the film still featured Cash’s opening credits song, also called “Five Minutes to Live.” The plot saw his character teaming with another criminal, Fred (played by Vic Tayback) to pull a two-sided heist. Fred will hold up a bank while Johnny takes the wife of the bank’s vice president hostage in her own home, ensuring that the robbery goes smootly.
The new version of the story has been written by Raul Inglis, who recently wrote the Dolph Lundgren action thriller Icarus (released on home video as The Killing Machine).
De Bont, who made his career as a cinematographer for films like Die Hard and The Hunt for Red October, also directed blockbusters like Speed, Twister and The Haunting. It’s been more than a decade since his last big-screen film as a director, Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life.
Five Minutes to Live will be produced by Joseph and Jack Nasser.