Fox Pumps Schwarzenegger Well With a Commando Remake
They already have a throwback to an action-packed Arnold Schwarzenegger with this summer's Predators, a new chapter of sorts following the original spawning of the bloodthirsty Predator from '87, so why not dig a little deeper for a remake of another Schwarzenegger vehicle? Deadline reports Fox is developing a remake of Commando, the 1985 shoot-first-ask-questions-later action movie which followed a retired elite special forces op whose daughter is kidnapped and threatened unless he gets on a plane and kills the rival of a nasty dictator. David Ayer, who wrote Training Day and directed Street Kings, is both writing and directing this.
Ayer, a former Navy soldier himself, is putting a real-world spin on the original premise (oh come on, it was cheesy 80's action!) by making the protagonist less of a "meat head" and more skilled in covert tactics and weaponry. By stripping down the hero though, it almost makes the flick less of a fun ride, and more like the rest of the espionage focused Jason Bourne copycats out there. But at the same time, we don't want a carbon copy of the original, so really I think this remake just shouldn't happen along with a bunch of other remakes that should be shit-canned too. There's gotta be an original script out there with the same spirit of what the Commando remake would be without having to bank on Schwarzenegger's previous work as an action star.