Simon West to Direct Jason Statham in HEAT

The Expendables 2 and The Mechanic director Simon West is set to direct Jason Statham in a remake of the 1986 action drama Heat, which starred Burt Reynolds. 

The story for the film centers on a compulsive gambler who ends up on the streets of Vegas, where he takes odd jobs providing "security" to support his gamblingaddiction. After his friend is brutally beaten he's forced to take on the Vegas mob. The script is a modernized version of the original, which was written by William Goldman and based on his novel.

It's a perfect movie for both West and Statham to take on. I've never seen the orignal film, so this is one of the few times I really don't care about a movie being remade, and I'll watch anything that Statham is in. He always tends to make entertaining films. 

The next film we'll get to see Statham in is Parker on January 25th, 2012. Have you seen the original film? If so, do you think it need to be remade?

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