Catherine Hardwicke May Direct MISS BALA Remake April 6, 2017 Hollywood’s remake of Gerardo Naranjo’s 2011 Mexican crime thriller ‘Miss Bala’ has reportedly set its sights on Catherine Hardwicke for the director’s chair. Written and directed by Naranjo, the Spanish-language original told the story of Laura, a young woman (played by Stephanie Sigman) whose aspirations of becoming a beauty queen turn against her, delivering her into the hands of a gang that’s terrorizing northern Mexico. According to Deadline, ‘Jane The Virgin’ and ‘Deepwater Horizon’ star Gina Rodriguez is the frontrunner for the lead role. Gareth Dunnet-Alcocer will pen the remake, adapting the script by Naranjo and Mauricio Katz. Producers include Kevin Misher, Pablo Cruz, and Andy Berman. filmbuff2011 I didn’t see this one coming. Miss Bala was a cracking crime thriller that still lingers in my memories. It’s one of a number of recent hard-hitting crime films coming from Mexico. I just hope that the English-language remake does the original justice.