Tuesday, April 19, 2005

Columbia Trying 'Experiment' with Edwards Thriller

Columbia Pictures is planning a remake of Blake Edwards' 1962 thriller "Experiment in Terror."

Screenwriter Robert Pucci ("The Corruptor," "The Spider and the Fly") has been hired to pen the script for producers Lou Pitt and Matt Baer, with Edwards serving as executive producer.

The original "Experiment," directed by Edwards and starring Lee Remick, Glenn Ford and Stefanie Powers, was set in San Francisco and based on the novel "Operation Terror" by Gordon Gordon and Mildred Gordon, who together adapted it for the screen. It told the story of a woman (Remick) who is terrorized by a criminal using her to help him steal money from the bank where she works, threatening to kill her teenage sister (Powers) if she doesn't comply. She enlists the aid of an FBI agent (Ford) to thwart the criminal.

"When people think of my movies, they tend to think of comedies, but the thriller has always been one of my favorite genres, and I'm thrilled to be working with Columbia on this new take on one of my favorite films," Edwards said.

"Blake Edwards is a living legend, and we're excited to be working with him, Lou Pitt and Matt Baer as we contemporize 'Experiment in Terror,"' said Doug Belgrad, a president of production at Columbia.

No casting has been set for the project.

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