Now that he's back in the spotlight with another Rush Hour movie, producer Arthur Sarkissian has some new projects to announce. One is a remake of Sidney Lumet's The Anderson Tapes, which originally starred Sean Connery and a young Christopher Walken. The new movie won't exactly be a remake of the earlier film, though; it will just simply also be based on Lawrence Sanders' novel, which Sarkissian has optioned. One thing that will be different about Sarkissian's version is it will be set in Miami instead of New York. It will have the same plot, about a thief released from prison who hatches a plan to rob an entire apartment building. Unbeknown to him, he's under constant surveillance, a topic with more relevance today then in 1971 (coincidentally, though, the original The Anderson Tapes opened on the same day as Watergate, only one year prior). Also significant these days is the movie's idea of different government agencies not knowing what the others are doing. Like the recent redo of The Manchurian Candidate, this could be one of the few remakes that are on-point rather than wholly unnecessary.
A second project Sarkissian has announced is an adaptation of part of William Stadiem and Mara Gibbs' book Everybody Eats There: Inside the World's Legendary Restaurants. Apparently the producer has a passion and knowledge for haute cuisine and he hopes to turn one of the book's chapters into a comedy about a very picky eater. This guy is notorious throughout the world, and makes enemies of top chef's, who conspire to get rid of him. Hopefully by the time the movie is made, Americans will still be obsessed with cooking shows and movies (the disappointing box office for No Reservationssuggests the trend is already on its way out).Up next for Sarkissian is his remake of Jean-Pierre Melville's Le Cercle Rouge, which starts filming in October with Johnny To directing. He's also producing Prince Test, the directorial debut of ER's Noah Wyle.