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Rush Hour 3 : Producer Arthur Sarkissian

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#1 Aratta-Kingdom



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Posted 02 August 2007 - 10:23 PM

Sarkissian's name all over 'Tapes'
'Rush Hour 3' producer to remake Lumet film

"Rush Hour 3" producer Arthur Sarkissian has optioned Lawrence Sanders novel "The Anderson Tapes," previously made by Sidney Lumet into a 1971 film starring Sean Connery, with plans to hatch a new version.
He's also optioned the book "Everybody Eats There: Inside the World's Legendary Restaurants," by William Stadiem and Mara Gibbs, with the intent of crafting a comedy from the culinary travelogue's chapter about the world's pickiest eater.

Sarkissian used his own coin to option the titles and will also self-finance the development. Sarkissian said he prefers the freedom afforded him by using his own money, as he did with "The Red Circle," a remake of the Jean-Pierre Melville crime drama "Le Cercle Rouge," which Johnnie To is set to direct. StudioCanal has come aboard to finance that pic, which begins production in October.

Original "Anderson Tapes" film starred Connery as an ex-con in New York who doesn't know he's under surveillance as he tries to rip off a high-rise apartment building. Sarkissian said the new version will be set in Miami.

"Surveillance has changed and gotten more interesting, and the story is just as topical as it was then," Sarkissian said.

For "Everybody Eats There," Sarkissian aims to indulge his passion and knowledge of haute cuisine with a comedy that will unfold in posh European eateries.

"The idea is (for the movie to revolve around) a world class traveler, who has a lot of influence and is notorious for sending back everything, like the oysters at Le Cirque," Sarkissian said. "The top chefs conspire to get rid of this guy who's giving everyone a bad name."

Sarkissian's "Rush Hour 3" opens Aug. 10.


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Posted 03 August 2007 - 03:21 AM

you do know he produced rush hour 2 also?

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Posted 04 August 2007 - 12:05 AM

not only. he was also the executive producer of "While You Were Sleeping"



Arthur Sarkissian (Producer)
Arthur Sarkissian produced the box-office hit Rush Hour, directed by Brett Ratner and starring Jackie Chan and Chris Tucker. Prior to that, he served as producer on Last Man Standing, Walter Hill’s remake of Akira Kurosawa’s Yojimbo, starring Bruce Willis, for which Sarkissian obtained the rights in 1988. He also developed, financed and served as executive producer on the 1995 comedy hit While You Were Sleeping and produced Wanted: Dead or Alive, the feature adaptation of the classic Steve McQueen TV series.

Of Armenian descent, Sarkissian was educated in England where he became involved in designing clothes. He was one of London’s most successful retailers before moving to the United States in 1985 to finance and produce motion pictures.

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