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Die Hard. Speed. Twister. Tomb Raider. Unemployment… Johnny Cash!

-- Director Jan De Bont to return with remake of Johnny Cash-starring "Five Minutes to Live" --

So Jan De Bont, a man who has been out of work since 2003’s megaflop Tomb Raider (which followed other megaflops The Haunting and Speed 2: Cruise Control) has finally gotten another job!

Despite directing two of the most popular action hits of the 1990s – Speed and Twister – and being the cinematographer on classics like Die Hard, Basic Instinct and The Hunt for Red October, it seemed like the Dutch film-maker just couldn’t get another break in Tinsel Town.

But over the weekend Deadline revealed Nasser Entertainment has signed him up to helm their remake of the 1961 Johnny Cash-starring heist movie Five Minutes to Live. I’ve never seen the original but the Johnny Cash of the early 60s was an entertaining bad-ass (read: he drank too much and did lots of drugs) and it looks kinda fun.

It seems the original film is out of copyright and is now in the public domain. It can now be legally streamed for free on youtube.

Originally released in 1961 as Five Minutes to Live, this low-budget crime drama was later re-released as Door-to-Door Maniac. Fred narrates the film in flashback, detailing a suburban bank robbery that goes awry. In his simple plan, he hires a hard-up hood, Johnny Cabot to take the wife of the bank’s vice president hostage. Cabot will hold her until he gets a call alerting him that Fred has been successful in getting ransom money. Cabot waits, and watches the Wilson house as the husband leaves for the bank and their young son heads off to school. Posing as a door-to-door guitar instructor, he forces his way into the house and takes Nancy Wilson hostage. At the bank, Fred talks his way into Ken Wilson’s office, and presents his personal check for $70,000, intending that Wilson will withdraw the funds to cover the check as a ransom for his wife. He has Wilson call home to prove that Nancy is being held by the unstable Cabot – IMDB

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Nigel loves stupid films almost as much as he likes clever films. He'll watch anything but is usually drawn to documentaries, North American independent films, Irish cinema and gung-ho, balls-to-the-walls Hollywood blockbusters. Here's what he's been watching.