Shoot 'Em Up's Michael Davis Directing an Outland Remake
by Alex Billington
August 19, 2009
Warner Brothers and Hollywood Gang Productions, lead by Gianni Nunnari, are developing a remake of the 1981 Sean Connery sci-fi movie Outland that was written and directed by Peter Hyams. Shoot 'Em Up director Michael Davis has been hired to direct, while newcomer Chad St. John will write the screenplay. The drama revolves around a police marshal stationed at a remote mining colony on Jupiter's moon Io, where he uncovers a murderous conspiracy threatening the entire Outland with collapse. "We're staying true to the thematic heart of Outland while expanding the space frontier concept," Davis said of the remake.
"We loved the original sci-fi film with Sean Connery," Nunnari told Variety. "At its core, Outland is a version of High Noon in outer space, as two courageous people take a stand against a gang of ruthless conspirators at the highest level." The new take will expand upon the original concept, making it "tentpole-sized," while keeping the theme. The story will take place in an orbiting city around the moon, where a cop uncovers a conspiracy endangering the entire city. With a week before his retirement back to Earth, he has to choose between walking away with his wife, or taking on an army with his ex-partner and wife's former boyfriend.
Unlike the Spierig Brother's Captain Blood, this is a remake already set in space that I'm kind of excited to see. To be honest, I don't know much about the original, but have already queued it up on my Netflix for this weekend. I had the chance to meet Michael Davis after seeing Shoot 'Em Up two years ago (which I quite enjoyed) and the guy is just as crazy as the movie itself. I'm happy to see him take on another project, as he kind of got screwed over by New Line on the release of Shoot 'Em Up, but he's got a crazy awesome style that will work well in a new sci-fi (or any action movie for that matter). Will be looking forward to seeing this!