In 2009 director John Madden (Shakespeare in Love) led a remake of the 2007 Israeli film Ha Hov, aka The Debt. The story is a sort of inverted revenge drama in which a trio of young Mossad agents hunt a Nazi war criminal in 1965, then find their youthful actions coming back to haunt them thirty years later. The cast is impressive (Helen Mirren, Ciarán Hinds, Tom Wilkinson, Sam Worthington, Marton Csokas and a pre-The Tree of Life Jessica Chastain) and the script is by Matthew Vaughn & Jane Goldman (Kick-Ass, X-Men: First Class) and Peter Straughan, but the film was mired in the sale of Miramax. Now Focus Features has the film scheduled for August of this year, and there is a new trailer to complement the first look we had at the film last year. Read More »

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One of the more promising films that was delayed when Miramax closed its doors last year is John Madden‘s The Debt. Based on a script by Matthew Vaughn & Jane Goldman (Kick-Ass, X-Men: First Class) and Peter Straughan, the film features Sam Worthington, Jessica Chastain and Helen Mirren in a remake of the 2007 Israeli film Ha-Hov, about a trio of Mossad agents on the trail of a Nazi war criminal.

Now Focus Features will release the film in the US, later this year. Read More »

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Briefly: Miramax essentially has new owners, but the process of handing the reins of the studio over from Disney to Ron Tutor and Colony Capital isn’t a speedy one. Given that Miramax hasn’t got many films, there won’t be deep repercussions if the deal takes some time. But Deadline says that the process has pushed The Debt (trailer) and Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark (trailer), previously scheduled for December 29 and late January, into new TBD dates.

I hope this actually works out better for Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark, which was recently given a rave by the LA Times. The paper called it “intensely scary” and praised ” its restraint and creative use of sound.” The January date can be a dumping ground, so hopefully this will put the movie in a new spot where it can really find and audience.

Movie Trailer: The Debt

Miramax Films has released the movie trailer for John Madden‘s The Debt, a remake of the 2007 Israeli film.

In 1965, three young Israeli Mossad agents on a secret mission capture and kill a notorious Nazi war criminal. Now, thirty years later, a man claiming to be the Nazi has surfaced in the Ukraine and one of the former agents must go back undercover to seek out the truth.

The movie stars Helen Mirren, Sam Worthington, Marton Csokas, Jessica Chastain, and Ciaran Hinds. Watch the trailer now embedded after the jump. Please leave your thoughts in the comments below.
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