Sleuth a Remake in Name Only
Caine on His New Mystery Movie, 16 October 2006
by Paul Davidson
**Thanks, Jude

Michael Caine's upcoming film 'Sleuth' inherits its name from his 1972 movie, which itself was based on a British stage play, but don't expect the new mystery-thriller to share too much in common with those previous works. While the new Sleuth will without a doubt draw in fans of the old cat-and-mouse masterpiece, the story itself has almost been entirely re-written.

"It's very different indeed," Caine told "Kenneth Branagh and I were having lunch the other day and some woman came up to us and said aren't we doing the remake of Sleuth? He said, 'No, we're doing a movie based on the plotline of Sleuth and we've stolen the title.' That's it. It's very different. I'm playing the role that Larry Olivier played in the original much less flamboyantly, and you'll see the interior of the house in this new version is very different as well."

Kenneth Branagh, the highly accomplished actor and director, plans to direct Caine's film when it goes into production in the new year. While Branagh's oeuvre as a thespian spans practically every movie genre, his directing experience has largely focused on Shakespearean films; Sleuth should be something of a change for him, although his experience in handling dialogue-driven plots will undoubtedly come in handy.

Jude Law will star alongside Caine in Sleuth, playing the role Caine had in the original film. Expect a theatrical release sometime in 2008.

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