Tony Scott Explains Why He's Moving The Warriors to LA
We must have missed the memo. When was it announced that The Warriors was being remade? And by Tony Scott, nonetheless? Whatever the case, Rotten Tomatoes caught up with the director and got him to reveal why he wants to move the remake from New York to Los Angeles. From the sounds of it, this is going to be much more of a reboot or a re-imagining than a remake. Scott explains: "I love the original Warriors and I'm using the same basic story. It's really still 10 guys stuck at point B and they need to get back to point A. But I'm going to set it in Los Angeles and it's going to be a kind of study of gang culture in LA today."
The Warriors, for those who don't know, is a 1979 cult classic about a group of gang members who try to get from the Bronx all the way back to their home turf of Coney Island primarily via the subway. I actually got to see it on the big screen in New York a few years ago and it's a great movie. With that said, though, not only is Scott bringing it to Los Angeles, but he's going big, very big. "I'm hoping to get a hundred thousand real gang-members standing on the Vincent Thomas Bridge for one shot," Scott explains. But why move it to LA? "It's a city which is horizontal. New York is vertical, all skyscrapers, and Los Angeles is horizontal."
In regards to all those thousands of gang members, Scott is actually trying to pull together real gang members. "I've been meeting the various gangs as part of the research," he says. "I never meet the gang leader, always his second-in-command. I have to do this little tap-dance and sell the film to them. I've met them all, Crips, Bloods, The 18th Street Gang, The Vietnamese and so on. The all love The Warriors. So it was, 'Yeah, fuck yeah we'll be in that!'" That's a bit scary, but if he thinks he can pull it off, then so be it. I get what he's trying to do and I'm sure it'll be big and thrilling, kind of like Crank with some gang members.
As a die-hard fan of the original movie, I'm inherently opposed to the remake, but I at least understand what Scott is doing and I expect it to do fairly well in theaters in the end anyway. But that said, I'll have to see more to really make a real judgment. But will this transition to Los Angeles upset too many New York fans?