Yesterday, I posted a blog as if I was recasting The Most Dangerous Game (1932) in a modern day timeline. Now I am going to tackle as if we are […]
Yesterday, I posted a blog as if I was recasting The Most Dangerous Game (1932) in a modern day timeline. Now I am going to tackle as if we are making the movie in its original late 1920s, early 1930s setting. While Blumhouse Productions will be handling the modern remake, we will turn to A24 Productions for the aged approach.
For those who haven’t seen the original (let us be real here for a second), the synopsis reads as follows: “An insane hunter arranges for a ship to be wrecked on an island where he can indulge in some sort of hunting and killing of the passengers.”
- Directed by Gareth Evans
- Written by Edgar Wright
- Bob played by Common
- Eve played by Mary Elizabeth Winstead
- Martin played by Tom Hrady
- Zaroff played by Jon Hamm
- Ivan played by Iko Uwais
- Janet played by Lupita Nyong’o
The Most Dangerous Game
1930 Setting Edition
Director: Trey Edward Shults
This dude is kinda on a heater. Trey Edward Shults directed the critically adored Waves (2019) after the underrated A24 production, It Comes At Night (2017). Also super random here, but the trailer for It Comes At Night is still one of the best I have ever seen.
The long drawn out dread of It Comes At Night fights the mood I would want from a 1930s style The Most Dangerous Game, but I’ll admit that there is some comic levity that will be needed. That is were the writer comes in.
Writer: Steven Moffat
A titan of BBC television, I want Moffat to bring the dark and witty comedy of Sherlock to this movie. The overly eager Jim Moriarty that Andrew Scott played so perfectly, man that would be perfect for Zaroff. It’s almost as if Andrew Scott is also perfect for the part as well…
Bob: Eka Darville
A24 movies have had a tendency to make a unknown star something of a hot commodity, and the latest contestant I’d like to enter in that race is Eka Darville. Most recognizable from Jessica Jones and The Defenders on Netflix, I think Darville fights well into the quiet and confident vibe that the character Bob possesses.
His character of Malcolm Ducasse in Jessica Jones grows from knowing nothing to having a strong sense of purpose and individuality. I think that sense of needing to discover oneself would add some more depth to the character of Bob, making the audience root for him a little bit more.
Eve: Kate Beckinsale
Grace. Elegance. Beauty. Dangerous.
Those are all words I think of when seeing Kate Beckinsale. She can pull of the periods wardrobe and still manage to look like she can hold her own. With her playing the part, Eve will be a much more self-sufficient character than the 1932 original. Beckinsale oozes that confidence with a look.
Martin: Kurt Russell
Kurt Russell acting like drunk buffoon? That is barely acting for the man! Combine Once Upon A Time…In Hollywood (2019) and The Hateful Eight (2015) and I think we have something that can work. He can have a bit co cockiness and arrogance, and maybe a bit of the FANTASTIC facial hair that he showed off in Bone Tomahawk (2015).
Zaroff: Andrew Scott
Whenever Andrew Scott pops up in a movie or TV show, I am delighted. Pairing him back up with Moffat…yes pretty please and thank you! I want his awkward yet inescapable charisma to be the secret (all be it not to secret) ingredient to make this remake of The Most Dangerous Game go.
Also side track, but Scott was UNBELIEVABLY good in the latest season of Fleabag.
Ivan: Ruby Rose (Character Name Change Is Necessary)
I mean, Ruby Rose could kick my ass. She could kick most people’s butts. She has played muscle-intimidating type characters before in movies and TV shows. Ruby is a staple of The CW’s DC Universe and now is time for her to get back into the cinematic world. The last time we saw her on the silver screen was The Meg (2018)
Jack: Nic Cage (NEW CHARACTER ALERT)
For the record, I see Jack as someone who has been surviving on the island for a while, hiding away from Zaroff and his evil cohorts. His survival in the wild has brought his sanity down to dangerously unreliable levels.
Every A24 movie has a bit of crazy in it…so why not go full bar! Nic Cage can bring those wild eyes and embrace the pure madness that Jack will have fallen to in his fight for survival. If Shults wanted to get wacky, I could see him being introduced with just Cages eyes peering through a bush like a lion or tiger ready to pounce. Let Nic Cage be the unreliable mad man.