*Chris Rock has reportedly signed on to write a screenplay that was intended for legendary playwright David Mamet.

The film, a remake of Akira Kurosawa’s acclaimed 1963 detective thriller “High and Low,” follows a wealthy executive whose son has been kidnapped. He’s prepared to pay the ransom using funds he needs for a critical corporate buyout. But, before he can send the payment, he realizes the kidnappers have mistakenly abducted the child of his chauffeur and thus the decision becomes much more complicated. [Watch Kurasawa’s 1963 trailer below.]

Mamet was commissioned to pen the first draft of the screenplay more than ten years ago by then producer Martin Scorsese.

Now, Black Voices is reporting that Rock has been tapped to write a new draft for Mike Nichols, who was brought on to direct. 

The project would mark the fourth remake Rock has written, including 2007’s “I Think I Love My Wife” and this week’s “Death at a Funeral.”