High and Low”: Denzel Washington and Spike Lee to Shoot New Remake of Akira Kurosawa’s “Heaven and Hell

After nearly two decades, Denzel Washington will once again join forces with Spike Lee. Filming for the thriller “High and Low,” a remake of Akira Kurosawa’s classic film “Heaven and Hell” from 1963, will begin in March.

Washington and Lee Together Again

The original film’s protagonist is the entrepreneur Gondo (Toshiro Mifune). One day, the son of his chauffeur is mistakenly taken as his own and kidnapped. Gondo faces a moral dilemma: if he pays the ransom, he will face bankruptcy.

The screenplay for the new version was written by Lee and Alan Fox.

The remake is a co-production of A24 and Apple Original Films. The first studio will handle the theatrical distribution of the film, while the second will have the rights to showcase it on the AppleTV+ streaming platform.

“High and Low” marks the fifth collaboration between Washington and Lee. Previously, they worked together on “Mo’ Better Blues” (1990), “Malcolm X” (1992), “The Inside Man” (1998), and “Inside Man” (2006).

Washington’s filmography is capped by last year’s “The Equalizer 3: The Final Chapter.” Meanwhile, this year, the two-time Oscar winner will be seen in the sequel to “Gladiator.” As for Spike Lee, his latest film is the war drama “Da 5 Bloods” from 2020.

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