Cannes 2008: Nicolas Cage to Play Bad Lieutenant

Werner Herzog to helm remake.

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Nicolas Cage and Werner Herzog are teaming up for a re-make of Abel Ferrera's violent 1992 classic Bad Lieutenant, it was announced in Cannes today. Cage will play the Harvey Keitel role - a twisted New York police officer with drug, gambling and sex issues who eventually finds redemption. According to Variety, the update is penned by Billy Finkelstein - no stranger to Gotham-set drama with the likes of Murder One and NYPD Blue on his CV. Herzog - currently in the south of France with his doc Encounters at the End of the World - earned strong reviews for his previous film Rescue Dawn, and has a string of masterpieces to his credit, including Aguirre, Wrath of God and Fitzcarraldo. We don't know in what way the plot will differ from the original, but the teaming up of Herzog and Cage has us quite excited about the project - what do you think?