American Remakes of UK Movies

by Scott Von Doviak

It seems like old times at the multiplex as Edge of Darkness (opening Friday) marks Mel Gibson’s return to the big screen in a starring role for the first time in eight years.

Not only that, but Mel is back to doing what he does best — or if not best, certainly most: seeking violent retribution (see also Mad Max, Payback, The Patriot, Ransom).

But there’s another reason Edge of Darkness may look more than a little familiar: It’s adapted from a six-part British miniseries of the same name that aired on the BBC in 1985 and is on DVD. Darkness is far from the only example of Hollywood reaching across the pond for inspiration: Last year’s State of Play was similarly inspired by a UK miniseries, and this year, Chris Rock will star in Death at a Funeral, Neil LaBute’s remake of a 2007 England-set comedy.

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