Yeah...Leo is a fine substitute for the MAN that is Jimmy Caan. PASS.
Ahoy, squirts! Quint here. You can decry the state of Hollywood all day (and I'll join you), but you can't count out Martin Scorsese's ability to remake movies incredibly well. I love the original Cape Fear to death. I flipped out for Infernal Affairs when I saw it AFM... but that doesn't mean I didn't flip out for The Departed as well. His remake of Cape Fear was fantastic as well.
So, when I hear that William Monahan is writing a remake of one of James Caan's lesser-known '70s flicks, The Gambler, with Scorsese potentially helming and Leonardo DiCaprio being eye-balled for the lead I don't automatically get the heebie-jeebies.
Longtime AICN readers may remember that the James Caan original was covered in my run of A Movie A Day (read my review here) and I really dug the flick. It had that '70s grit you don't get in most film today, especially most studio films. James Caan's character was a fantastic flawed character, the kind I lamented in my review that we don't see anymore and that any actor would jump at the chance to play.