According to The Hollywood Reporter, Billy Gerber, hot off the success of The Dukes of Hazzard, is remaking the 1975 film The Yakuza for Warner Bros. Pictures. It will be written by Oliver Butcher and Stephen Cornwell.
Yakuza was directed and produced by Sydney Pollack and starred Robert Mitchum as a man who returns to Japan after a lengthy absence to rescue a friend's kidnapped daughter, ensuing in samurai swords slashing and guns blazing. It was written by Paul Schrader and Robert Towne. Leonard Schrader wrote the story.
The new version, which the studio is envisioning as a two-hander, will be set in contemporary times and also will reflect a more multiethnic Japan.
Brits Butcher and Cornwell wrote separately as screenwriters -- Butcher was a writer on Walking Tall and Cornwell has Swift at Fox with Ridley Scott attached -- and then the old friends teamed up to pen Message From the King. That script, which they plan to direct and which is being packaged by producers Aaron Ryder and Ash Shah, landed them the Yakuza gig.
This isn't Gerber's first remake; he was a producer on 2003's The In-Laws, a redo of the 1979 film starring Peter Falk and Alan Arkin.