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Thursday, January 10th, 2013

'30 Rock' Director Don Scardino Will Remake the 1979 Movie 'Going in Style'

Director Don Scardino, best known for directing more episodes of 30 Rock than anybody, just signed on to direct a remake of the 1979 comedy Going in Style, Deadline reports. The original, from filmmaker Martin Brest (Beverly Hills Cop, Midnight Run), starred George Burns, Art Carney, and Lee Strasberg as a trio of senior citizens who decide to rob a bank for a last bit of excitement before they pass away. Unlike most Hollywood remakes, this is a delightful choice of a movie to re-do because it's a good comedy without being a revered, iconic one, and although it features some strong performances, it's not impossible to imagine someone else in the roles. Scardino's first movie, The Incredible Burt Wonderstone, a magician comedy starring Steve Carell, Steve Buscemi, and Jim Carrey, drops in March, and that movie's success will likely determine how eager the studio is to move Going in Style into production. Ted Melfi, who wrote the upcoming Bill Murray movie St. Vincent De Van Nuys, is penning the Going in Style remake. Murray's a big fan of Melfi's writing, so hopefully Melfi can persuade him to star in this remake because it's perfect for him and it could be the grand return to mainstream comedy he recently hinted at.