This will be Allen's second film away from his partner brother, Albert Hughes, the first being the recently completed Broken City.
A Bittersweet Life follows the story of a mob enforcer and manager of a hotel who is tasked with following his boss' mistress. The man is ordered to kill the mistress if its discovered she is having an affair. When a secret tryst comes to light, the enforcer beats up the mistress' second lover and tells them to never speak of the incident, as he has fallen for the mistress himself and does not want to see her life ended.
Anthony Peckham, the man behind the scripts for Sherlock Holmes and Invictus, has been tasked with writing this remake. The film is being fast tracked by the studio and will go into production early next year.