In Hollywood, there are a ton of recycled ideas. Whether films are remade after a few decades have passed, or an existing storyline is slightly tweaked to create a new release, it is not uncommon to see the same story told multiple times. When Martin Scorsese signed on to direct The Departed, he was unaware that the script was a remake of Internal Affairs (a thriller out of Hong Kong). Thankfully, Scorsese didn’t cut any corners while putting together his version of the story. For his efforts, The Departed became the first remake of an international film to win the Oscar for Best Picture.
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