New Line Cinema is moving forward with its remake of the 1979 George Burns caper comedy Going in Style, and a trio of fine actors are circling the pic. While The Incredible Burt Wonderstone director Don Scardino was initially attached to direct, Variety now reports that Ted Melfi—who penned the screenplay—is in talks to direct the pic. Moreover, Morgan Freeman, Michael Caine, and Alan Arkin are apparently circling the three leads in the film, which finds a trio of elderly friends organizing a bank robbery just for kicks. News of Freeman, Caine, and Arkin’s involvement isn’t explicitly spelled out in the story but instead appeared in the original URL, so perhaps their involvement is tentative at best.
Melfi recently made his feature directorial debut on the highly sought-after drama St. Vincent de Van Nuys, which pairs Bill Murray and Melissa McCarthy in an emotional dramedy that had a number of actors vying for the leads. We should hear more firm word on the cast of Going in Style soon. Hit the jump for the original’s trailer.