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.