Denzel Washington and Spike Lee Are Reuniting To Remake Akira Kurosawa's Crime Thriller 'High and Low'

Denzel Washington and Spike Lee are set to reunite for their fifth film together. Partnering with A24 and Apple TV+, the two are remaking Akira Kurosawa's crime thriller, High and Low. The original 1963 film was based on the Ed McBain novel King's Ransom and starred Toshiro Mifune. It followed the ruin of a businessman following a ransom payment made to kidnappers.

The first time audiences saw Washington and Lee share the screen together was in 2006 for Inside Man. While Apple is a co-financier for the film, the project is not under the recent multi-year deal that A24 has recently brokered with MAX last year. A24 will develop and produce the film alongside Escape Artists and Mandalay Pictures, while Alan Fox and Spike Lee will pen the script. Lee will also serve as the executive produer on the film through his 40 Acres And A Mule Filmworks company. This marks the second collaboration Washington will do with Apple Original Films, following The Tragedy of Macbeth, which just so happens to be another A24 film.

So far, the studios have not announced an official release date, but it is said to be in the early stages of production. Stay tuned for more information.