McQuarrie Also Set to Write & Direct WB's 'Ice Station Zebra' Remake
Another day, another remake. Speaking of writer-turned-director-for-hire Christopher McQuarrie, who is apparently close to being finalized as the next Mission: Impossible director, he has another project in the works. THR is reporting that Warner Bros has signed on McQuarrie to write and direct their remake of Ice Station Zebra, a Cold War-era thriller about an American submarine that races to the Arctic to retrieve sensitive photographic material. A few years ago, we wrote a story about David Gordon Green developing the remake of the naval classic, but it looks like they would rather have McQuarrie at the helm of this one.
The original Ice Station Zebra, directed by John Sturges and released in 1968, starred Rock Hudson, Ernest Borgnine and Patrick McGoohan. THR's report is oddly sparse of any other details about this remake, which makes me wonder if this is positioning for leverage on the Mission: Impossible directing deal, which hasn't come through yet. The only bit they mention involves exactly that: "The deal may impact the development of Paramount's Mission: Impossible 5, for which McQuarrie is rumored to direct." Other than that, the only details come from the 2011 story where DGG said his draft was "a big military movie" and he even "got to go camp out on the arctic circle with the Navy". We'll have to keep an eye on this, as this might turn out good.
Note: That awesomely epic hand-made Ice Station Zebra poster art seen above can be found in full here.