I don’t blame you. You hear the words “Heat,” “remake” and “Jason Statham,” and you panic, trying to imagine the Crank toughie in either Robert De Niro or Al Pacino’s iconic roles.

Fear not. Sierra/Affinity has revealed in a press release that they’re attempting to sell the rights to a remake of William Goldman's 1986 crime-drama Heat, with Statham in the lead. Still a good film, but not quite the “sacred ground” of Michael Mann’s gritty thriller.

Statham’s collaborators on the project also make this an easy sell … at least to film fans. The release says that Goldman, a two-time Oscar winner who penned the original script, will return to adapt this new version. That helps because he's working from his own book, and no one knows the material quite like the brilliant Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid scribe. Brian De Palma is also on board to direct the project, which will commence principal photography in France in late 2012 or early 2013.

Statham will play Mex -- a character portrayed by Burt Reynolds in the '86 film -- a former soldier of fortune who "rents" his services out to various Las Vegas loners. When one of his friends is savagely beaten by a high-roller with mob connections, Mex agrees to help, but, in the process, the job threatens his business, his contacts and maybe even his life. Statham’s fine for the part, and with De Palma and Goldman backing him up, Heat appears to be in the best hands possible.

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