Avast! Trailer For Seven Psychopaths.

Stolen dogs, gangsters, bloodshed and Christopher Walken. What’s not to like about the trailer above for the star studded black comedy Seven Psycopaths?

Directed by Irish film maker Martin McDonagh, whose previous credits include the Oscar winning short film Six Shooter and the brilliant In Bruges, it stars Colin Farrell, Christopher Walken, Woody Harrelson, Sam Rockwell, Abbie Cornish and Tom Waits. Mickey Rourke was originally cast in Harrelson’s role but reportedly had a huge bust-up with Donagh and left. The plot of Seven Psychopaths rattles along like so:

Marty (Farrell) is a struggling writer who dreams of finishing his screenplay, “Seven Psychopaths.” Billy (Rockwell) is Marty’s best friend, an unemployed actor and part time dog thief, who wants to help Marty by any means necessary. All he needs is a little focus and inspiration. Hans (Walken) is Billy’s partner in crime: a religious man with a violent past. Charlie (Harrelson) is the psychotic gangster whose beloved dog Billy and Hans have just stolen. Charlie is unpredictable and extremely violent and wouldn’t think twice about killing anyone or anything associated with the theft. Marty is going to get all the focus and inspiration he needs, just as long as he lives to tell the tale.

Seven Psychopaths will be released in the UK in October.

Ripe For A Remake #1: Simon & Simon.

This here’s a new feature aboard our fine Internet faring vessel, where the crew cherry pick an old movie or TV series which they think would be perfect for a remake. This week we look at the 80s classic Simon & Simon.

Starring Gerald McRaney (Jericho, One Tree Hill, the A-Team remake) and Jameson Parker, (The Bell Jar, White Dog), as two brothers, the complete polar opposite of each other, who go into business together running a private investigation firm out of San Diego.

Rick, the older Simon brother, is a stetson wearing, Vietnam veteran who loves beer, bikini clad women and his powered up pick-up truck, whereas AJ went to college, invested his money, wears suits, is well read and drives a shiny sports car. At work  AJ does everything by the book whereas Rick prefers a more unconventional approach to solving cases. Their differences even went as far as their preferred weapon of choice with Rick obviously settling for the bigger hand cannon of the two, a .44 Magnum.

Apart from having a catchy, breezy theme tune the series also had two crossover episodes with Magnum P.I.

The constant arguing and conflicting banter between the two lead characters is what really made this series a success. This premise alone merits a movie remake probably with the likes of Sam Rockwell or Timothy Oliphant in the role of the redneck Rick and Bradley Cooper or even Ryan Reynolds as the dapper AJ. We can only hope.