‘High And Low’: Denzel Washington And Spike Lee Reteam For Remake Of Akira Kurosawa’s Crime Classic

Denzel Washington and Spike Lee are together again. For their fifth collaboration, they’re aiming very high with a remake of Akira Kurosawa’s 1963 classic crime thriller, High and Low, for Apple and A24.

The original movie starred the legendary Japanese actor Toshiro Mifune as a businessman whose plans to strongarm a business deal are upended by a kidnapping and ransom demand that puts him in a moral quandary.

Lee will not only direct but exec-produce the remake through his 40 Acres & a Mule banner. The film also reunites Washington with The Equalizer producer Todd Black.

It’s been nearly twenty years since the last time Washington and Lee teamed up. They’ve worked together previously on Mo’ Better BluesMalcolm XHe Got GameInside Man.

A24 plans a theatrical release for High and Low that’ll be followed by streaming on Apple TV+. [Variety]

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