Alan Arkin is set to join Morgan Freeman and Michael Caine in the remake of the 1979 classic film “Going in Style.” The new version will be directed by Zach Braff.
Braff had tried to get Dustin Hoffman for the part, but settled for a different Oscar winning Jewish actor over the age of 60 instead. Either way, the film will star a trio of Oscar winners as all three men have at least one statue for best supporting actor – Caine has two.
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The original film, which starred the late great Jewish actors George Burns and Lee Strasberg, as well as Art Carney, told the story of three retirees who decide to rob a bank simply because they were bored. The new film will give them a different motivation, possibly to make the men more sympathetic.
This time they choose to rob a bank because they lost their pensions after the company which the three spent their whole lives working for is sold to a foreign corporation.
Shooting is set to begin on August 3rd in New York City and the new screenplay was written by Ted Melfi.
Arkin, who grew up in a Jewish family in Brooklyn, will also receive the CinemaCon Lifetime Achievement Award in recognition of his more than five decades of work in movies. CinemaCon, the official convention of The National Association of Theatre Owners (NATO), will be held April 20 – 23, 2015, at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. Arkin will be presented with this special honor at the “CinemaCon Big Screen Achievement Awards” ceremony to take place on Thursday, April 23, in the evening at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace.
Mitch Neuhauser, Managing Director of CinemaCon, said, “With a career spanning more than 50 years, Alan Arkin is one of the most beloved, talented and respected actors of our time. From ‘The Russians Are Coming, The Russians Are Coming’ to ‘The In-Laws’ and ‘Little Miss Sunshine’ to ‘Argo, ‘ Arkin has endeared himself to generations of moviegoers which is a remarkable testament to his incredible versatility.”
Arkin can next be seen in “Love the Coopers, ” which is due out in November. The movie, which co-stars Olivia Wilde, Amanda Seyfried, Marisa Tomei and John Goodman, tells the story of what happens when four generations of the Cooper clan come together for their annual Christmas Eve celebration. A series of unexpected visitors and unlikely events turn the night upside down, leading them all toward a surprising rediscovery of family bonds and the spirit of the holiday.