September 15, 2005

U.S. filmmakers to remake van Gogh pics

By Gregg Goldstein

TORONTO (Hollywood Reporter) - Steve Buscemi, Stanley Tucci
and Bob Balaban have signed on to direct U.S. remakes of three
films by the late Dutch director Theo van Gogh.

The distant relation of the famous artist was murdered last
November in Amsterdam by Islamic radical Mohammed Bouyeri, who
confessed to the slaying and was jailed for life. Van Gogh's
murder followed a televised airing of his short film
"Submission," which portrayed violence against women in Islamic

Van Gogh's final feature "06/05: The Sixth of May" has its
North American premiere Thursday at the Toronto International
Film Festival.

As a tribute to the filmmaker, the three New York-based
actor-directors have agreed to shoot remakes of three of his
films -- "06," "Blind Date" and "Interview."

Buscemi ("Animal Factory") is the strong candidate for
"Interview"; Tucci ("Joe Gould's Secret") is likely to tackle
"06"; while Balaban ("Parents") will handle "Blind Date." All
three digitally shot features are scheduled to be produced
back-to-back in New York, with an early 2006 start anticipated.

The announcement was timed to coincide not only with the
"06/05" Toronto screening, but with the Thursday Toronto debut
of "All Souls," a compilation of 17 shorts from 16 Dutch
directors inspired by van Gogh's death, and a Thursday panel
discussion addressing issues raised in the wake of van Gogh's

Reuters/Hollywood Reporter