*A reboot of Eddie Murphy’s 1982 film “48 Hours” is currently in development at Paramount Players, reports Variety.
Brothers Benny and Josh Safdie, the directing team for the Robert Pattinson crime thriller “Good Time,” are spearheading the remake that saw Murphy paired with Nick Nolte in the original. In his first movie role, Murphy played a convict granted a two-day leave from prison to help a detective (Nolte) track down a pair of cop killers.
Directed by Walter Hill, “48 Hours” grossed $80 million and launched the “buddy cop” genre that went on to include “Beverly Hills Cop,” “Lethal Weapon,” and “Rush Hour.”
Chernin Entertainment is producing the remake with Oscar Boyson and Sebastian Bear-McClard. Josh Safdie will co-write the script with Ronald Bronstein and Jerrod Carmichael, who starred in and co-created the NBC sitcom “The Carmichael Show.”
Paramount launched Paramount Players in June as means of kickstarting its film production with veteran producer and executive Brian Robbins in charge. Robbins is working with Viacom’s Nickelodeon, MTV, Comedy Central, and BET operations to generate projects while the new division focuses on contemporary properties.