Elizabeth Debicki, left, Viola Davis, Michelle Rodriguez and Cynthia Erivo in a scene from "Widows."
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Lynda La Plante's 1980s British crime series "Widows" had a curious hold over filmmaker Steve McQueen as a 13-year-old boy.More than three decades later, McQueen has adapted "Widows" into his much-anticipated follow-up to the best picture-winning "12 Years a Slave".While it preserves much of the original series, it also greatly expands its scope, transports the story to Chicago and richly populates its urban landscape with a sterling cast of Viola Davis, Colin Farrell, Robert Duvall, Daniel Kaluuya, Liam Neeson and Brian Tyree Henry.For one of the foremost makers of what could be called art films, "Widows," with a script McQueen penned with Gillian Flynn ("Gone Girl"), is an unexpected turn into genre filmmaking.Before the film made its premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival, McQueen spoke about the ambitions behind "Widows". When you think of the '70s, you think of "Chinatown" and "The Godfather". I'm not comparing my picture to those pictures at all, but these were real, gritty movies within a genre, and these were the biggest movies of their time. I think there are just good movies and bad movies, and that's it.Q: Would you have wanted your next film after "12 Years a Slave" to come sooner than five years later?
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