The feud: Bad Lieutenant remake director Werner Herzog vs. original Bad Lieutenant director Abel Ferarra The accusation: Ferrara was none to happy to hear that while in Cannes, Herzog announced he would be filming an update of the 1992 NC-17-rated crime drama. Nicolas Cage is set to reprise the role of a corrupt cop, originally played by Harvey Keitel. The back story: When Ferrara was informed of the remake, he told the Los Angeles Times: "These people should die in hell . It's so disrespectful." He added, referring to his delayed arrival in Cannes. "And it's a good thing I'm not there. If I see them I'll strangle every one of them." The trash talking: Herzog told Defamer: "I have no idea who Abel Ferrara is. But let him fight the windmills.... I've never seen a film by him. I have no idea who he is."