Looks like I’ve got another overlooked film to add into the ever-inflating Netflix Queue. Riding sky-high off his career-awakening killer performance in last year’s The Wrestler, Hollywood’s favorite comeback kid/man Mickey Rourke has reportedly signed on to star in a remake of a flick from 1986 called Mona Lisa. Production Weekly’s Twitter feed (which I was linked to via Cinematical) announced this earlier today.
The reason why I’m paying this any Theater of Mine mind is two-fold—–the first being Rourke’s involvement (the guy is the coolest, plain and simple, but the second is the most interesting. Mona Lisa will be directed by Larry Clark, the eccentric creative mind behind the low-cost, high-on-sexual-shocks corrupted youth films Kids and Bully.
Mickey Rourke and Larry Clark joining forces? Hell yeah.
The original film, which starred Bob Hoskins (Who Framed Roger Rabbit?) and Michael Caine, centered on “George, after getting out of prison, begins looking for a job, but his time in prison has reduced his stature in the criminal underworld. The only job he can find is to be a driver for Simone, a beautiful high-priced call girl, with whom he forms an at first grudging, and then real affection. Only Simone’s playing a dangerous game, and when George agrees to help her, they both end up in a huge amount of trouble with Mortwell, the local kingpin.” Directed and co-written by Neil Jordan (The Crying Game), the ’86 critical fave earned Hoskins an Academy Award nomination, making the clearly-meaty role perfect for Rourke to reinvent.
The real wild card for this remake will be Larry Clark, though. His past work leads me to believe that Mona Lisa will rate high on the scales of R-rated sex and overall rawness. Not that I’m complaining, at all. Bully is such a great, underappreciated, disturbing little film, easily the most punishing of all “teen films,” if you could even classify it as such. Just check this scene out; if Clark applies any of this vice-grip control to Mona Lisa for Rourke to benefit from, we’ll be in for something serious:
WARNING: Spoiler-heavy scene here
Trailer for Mona Lisa, 1986:
News discovered over at: Cinematical