It’s interesting that Steven Spielberg and Martin Scorsese are both involved in the new adaptation of “Cape Fear,” considering how the 1991 feature connects them both. Originally, Spielberg was to direct this film while Scorsese worked on developing a film about Oskar Schindler. The two eventually swapped projects and audiences around the world were treated to two fantastic films.
Now, aside from the pedigree of the filmmakers involved, arguably the most fascinating and promising thing about this new adaptation is the actual criminal element. Modern audiences have developed a fascination with the genre, and this opens up many exciting possibilities. For example, one avenue the show could take would be to have the married lawyers put the killer in prison with evidence from a true crime podcast. Or better yet, what if the killer was released from prison after being exonerated thanks to a true crime podcast? What if this convicted murderer gained massive public support? What if this guy decides to take revenge on the lawyers, but the whole world is convinced that he is innocent, so they refuse to listen to the lawyers’ cries for help?
This could be a fascinating and rather frightening story. More importantly, he can provide intelligent commentary on how modern audiences instantly form opinions based on what someone else tells them, rather than doing their own research. Either way, this new “Cape Fear” is turning into a project to watch.