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'Cyborg' Remake Coming from Original Film's Director Albert Pyun?

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April 26, 2011
Source: AICN

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There's been plenty of remakes that we've complained about in the past, but when a filmmaker is looking to remake his own film over 20 years later, should we be nearly as upset? That's a decision you'll have to make for yourself as AICN has learned director Albert Pyun, the man behind the 1989 martial arts/sci-fi action flick Cyborg has been developing a remake of that very film. Starring Jean-Claude Van Damme, the story follows a martial artist escorting a half-human, half cyborg woman in a plague-infested future whose programming contains a possible cure for a plague threatening to wipe out the entire population of Earth.

Of course, the woman is kidnapped by the martial artist's evil nemesis while they are en route to her Atlanta headquarters and that leads him right into a lion's den of sadomasochistic torture and torment. If you want, you can check out the trailer for the original film right here. Apparently Pyun thinks the story is ripe for a remake and already has the film's original actors Vince Klyn (who played the villain) and Terrie Batson (the love interest) involved in some capacity. In addition, Michael Pare (The Lincoln Lawyer), Sasha Mitchell ("Step by Step"), and Olivier Gruner are all in talks to take on the roles of Slingers, some kind of mercenaries. And if that wasn't enough, Pyun also hopes to get Rutger Hauer and Michael Dudikoff involved too.

As far as how the story will be updated, not many details are known, but Pyun said something about plenty of "car/vehicle mayhem" (apparently more practical than CG) and some sort of martial arts fight sequence that he's wanted to put on screen for a long time now. However, Pyun does say he's only in the acquisition process with MGM to get the rights to remake the project, though he does have funding from the financiers who were behind Donnie Darko, Memento and Monster. The fact that this is another remake is a bit disconcerting, but coming from the original director, this could be an interesting update. What do you think?

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  • Mikey Arellano
    the original kicked ass... it be great to se an updated version from the same filmaker
  • How do people get funding approved for ideas like this?! I mean I suppose the remake would have the 'potential' for a decent revival had they not opted for the same director who did the original? Why does this seem like a really bad idea to me? We're going to get the same perspective and vision with maybe a more modern overlay of special effects that we got with the original - what's the saying you could put lipstick on a pig but its a still a pig?
  • Spider
    I say this remake shouldn't be done! The original did KICK ASS- it's a simple chase flick from A to Z with plenty of indelible and colorful characters beating the crap out of each other!! I always admired Pyun's directorial style. He's always been one of the best low budget specialists in the business that's had, and still has,the utmost potential to break into the mainstream a la Robert Rodriguez! I believe he MAY be able to top himself with a remake and if he DOES re-make it, it would be cool to see Van Damme reprise his role, being that he and Haley were the only survivors and that they delivered 'Pearl' to Atlanta! ......On another note, freakin' awesome that Pyun is considering Rutger Hauer and Michael Dudikoff (both these guys would KILL in "The Expendables 2")....and the inclusion of Terrie Batson and Vince Klyn in some capacity is inspired. ...Suffice it to say, I wouldn't tamper with a remake, but odds are that it WILL materialize. So with that, I'm glad Pyun will be at the helm and not a different director that will negate or bastardize the original flick's vision!
  • tomasie
    Albert must be a really slick sales guy. His track record isn't too good. Almost all of his movies are direct to video bombs. Guess people really don't do their homework when funding movies....

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