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Todd Phillips signs up for The Gambler remake

21/8/2012
Todd Phillips has been confirmed as the director of new film The Gambler.

Hangover director Phillips is to replace Martin Scorsese in the role and will now oversee the remake of the original 1974 movie of the same name.

The original ‘The Gambler’ starred James Caan and Lauren Hutton in a loose adaptation of the identically-titled Fyodor Dostoyevsky story.

The Karel Reisz-directed film focuses on a New York City English professor who becomes addicted to gambling on basketball matches, leading to his involvement in a number of unscrupulous acts, as well as loan sharks.

In addition to the Hangover films, the third of which is filming in September ahead of a May release, Phillips has also directed comedy movie Old School.

The Gambler will mark Phillips’ first move into feature length drama and will see him team up with Irwin Winkler, producer of the original film, in association with the Paramount studio.
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