Apple Original Films and A24 have announced a joint venture with director Spike Lee and actor Denzel Washington to remake Akira Kurosawa’s High and Low.
The new remake of High and Low is described as a “reinterpretation” of the iconic 1963 crime thriller, which focused on a rich Japanese businessman that questions his morality after his chauffeur’s son is kidnapped. This is the fifth film for Lee and Washington after 2006’s Inside Man.
Production is set to kick off next month (via Variety) and will be co-produced by A24 and Apple Original Films, with the former handling a theatrical run before it inevitably lands on Apple TV+ streaming. Spike Lee and Alan Fox are co-writing the script.
The original High and Low starred the legendary Toshiro Mifune, and was based on Ed McBain’s novel “King’s Ransom.” While Apple is co-financing the film, the project isn’t included in a multi-year deal A24 inked with competitor (HBO) Max.
The new film will be Washington’s second collab with Apple Original Films after their The Tragedy of Macbeth ahistorical movie, which starred Washington as MacBeth and was also co-produced by A24.