Despite the favor for completely redoing movies, though, perhaps there's another way to go. Whichever company buys Miramax (the latest deadline for bids is today) could salvage most of the original version of The English Patient while reworking it the way George Lucas updated the original Star Wars trilogy. This way, a special edition re-release can capitalize on the new popularity of Naveen Andrews (Sayid on Lost) while also employing computer technology to replace Kristin Scott Thomas with a young male actor (Daniel Bruhl?), specifically in the part of a Nazi soldier named Hans Entholt.
Unfortunately, a re-released film, even one as altered as this would be, can't qualify for Oscars a second time around. Given the new plot changes, which make the flashback story more like a cross between Brokeback Mountain and The Reader (there's even a similar tub scene!), the English Patient redux would be a lock for Best Picture, again. Of course, The English Patient is based on a novel anyway, from author Michael Ondaatje, and little of the plot is based on truth. So there's no real need for the film adaptation to be fixed for factual accuracy. In spite of this, I would love to see it done just for the sake of doing it.