Mike Nichols will direct the remake of Akira Kurosawa's High and Low for Miramax Films.
According to Variety, David Mamet's screenplay will be produced by Scott Rudin, with casting yet to be in place. Martin Scorsese originally commissioned Mamet to write the screenplay back in 1999; it took two years for Rudin to pull the rights together. Scorsese likely will executive produce.
Kurosawa's 1963 detective thriller starring Toshiro Mifune was based on the Ed McBain novel "King's Ransom," about a businessman who is ruined when he honorably pays ransom to kidnappers who mistakenly nabbed his driver's son.
No production date has been set.