Del Toro to Step into Bogey's Shoes

07/12/2002 at 01:00 AM EDT

"Traffic" Oscar winner Benicio Del Toro, 35, will produce and star in an updated movie remake of novelist Ernest Hemingway's thriller "To Have and Have Not," reports Variety. The original 1945 Warner Bros. version starred Humphrey Bogart aboard a charter boat that is overtaken by smugglers. (AOL Time Warner, the parent company of PEOPLE, also owns Warner Bros. and its library of old films.) The Bogey version, directed by Howard Hawks and not particularly faithful to the Hemingway book, is famous for being the first pairing of the "Casablanca" screen icon and a then-neophyte actress named Lauren Bacall. The two later married. In the new version, says Variety, the Puerto Rican-born Del Toro will play a fisherman in the Florida Keys who hooks up with smugglers because he can't get ends to meet otherwise. No word yet on who his leading lady will be. One aim of the new film is to remain faithful to Hemingway, who, says the trade paper, is one of Del Toro's favorite authors.

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