Acceptable in the Eighties

The British film industry seems to love Eighties football hooligans almost as much as it does Jane Austen and William Shakespeare. Director Nick Love of Football Factory fame is returning to the subject with his remake of The Firm, out this autumn.

It's being described as a loose adaptation of Alan Clarke’s 1989 BBC original, set earlier in the decade and from a different character's point of view - Dom, a young wannabe football casual, who becomes embroiled in the world of the fictional Inter-city firm’s top boy, Bex (originally played by Gary Oldman).

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Judging by the trailer, it will feature an unsurprisingly large amount of abusive cockney banter, extreme violence, jazz funk, a decent cast (including Daniel Mays) and more Fila product placement than you'll find in Danny Dyer's bedroom. But will it be better than the original? Jog on.