Rupert Sanders wants to remake ‘The Battle of Algiers’


As anyone who read my recent review of ‘Snow White and the Huntsman’ (found here) saw, I think director Rupert Sanders has a future in this industry. He’s got a great visual sensibility and hopefully can move on with his next projects to (not necessarily) bigger and (hopefully) better things. Well, The Playlist is reporting here that one of the things on his mind is a science fiction-tinged remake of ‘The Battle of Algiers’, one of the greatest films ever made in my humble opinion. After the jump you can see my thoughts on this potential project (which may never come to pass in the end), but in short…if any of you haven’t seen this movie, correct that at once. You’re really missing out, I assure you.

Now, I absolutely adore ‘The Battle of Algiers’. It’s one of my 25 favorite films of all time, and it’s only gotten more relevant in the last decade, but for some reason this doesn’t anger me. Maybe it’s the sci-fi angle that makes it feel less unnecessary, or my appreciation of what Sanders did behind the camera on Snow White, but I’m actually interested in what he does with this. I may come to regret this in time (and more likely it’ll never even happen), but for now…count me in.

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  • Joey Magidson

    The original is so good it very nearly cracked my Top Ten of all time…

  • JamDenTel

    I have yet to see the original (to my immense shame), but, while I admired Sanders’ directing on “SW&TH”…I really hope he doesn’t go through with this. I just can’t see a project like this being genuinely successful.

    • Joey Magidson

      I’d rather him not do it too, but in a world where this might happen, there are worse choices I think…

  • Andrej Bosco

    I’m going to throw up.

    • Joey Magidson

      In a perfect world this wouldn’t happen, but that’s not reality sadly.

      Regardless, the original won’t disappear (in fact, the Criterion Blu-Ray is rather excellent) and it’ll still retain its quality regardless.