Remake of Psychological Thriller 'Jacob's Ladder' in Development

June 28, 2013
Source: THR

Jacob's Ladder

Another day, another remake. This time it's Jacob's Ladder, the psychological horror-thriller from 1990 starring Tim Robbins. THR posted news on development of a new Jacob's Ladder project that at the least has a screenplay and financiers involved, but no director yet. Mickey Liddell's LD Entertainment (Killer Joe, Black Rock, Disconnect, The Collection) is financing the remake, which comes with a script from Jeff Buhler (Insanitarium, The Midnight Meat Train) who is revising an early draft penned by Jake Wade Wall (When a Stranger Calls, The Hitcher). Let's hope they can turn out something edgy and unique that will impress us.

The original Jacob's Ladder was directed by Adrian Lyne, from a screenplay by Bruce Joel Rubin. The story centers around Vietnam veteran Jacob Singer, whose experiences both prior to and during the war have resulted in strange flashbacks and bizarre hallucinations that continue to haunt him in his everyday life. The original film was made independently and took 10 years to come together after Bruce Joel Rubin originally wrote the script. In regards to the remake, THR adds that: "The producers are looking to make something more akin to an homage and not mimic the original. The plan is to contemporize the story with new situations and characters but still maintain a story that examines issues and poses existential questions." That sounds good on paper, I hope it turns out that way. We'll keep an eye on the progress of this remake.

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  • Tester
    fukin hell hollywood, fuking hell !!
    One of my favorite psychological thrillers! It really gives SE7EN a run for its money.
  • lerryjee
    Jamie Foxx or Will Smith in talks to star as the Iraqi War vet Jacob Singer.
    • After Erf
      After Iraq. Iraq Unchained.
  • zero56
    I understand remaking bad movies but I don't get why people remake films that are already good. Anyway, since people are trying to make this happen, I think Gary Oldman would be awesome as Jacob.
  • Aw nae. Just naaaaaaeeeee! No.
  • James
    "If your frightened of dying, and your holding on, you'll see devils tearing your life away. If you've made your peace then the devils are really angels freeing you from the earth." That still gives me the shivers even thinking about that line. There's no way they need to remake this film, it doesn't just hold up as a great film for it's time, it's still a great film for today. Just re-release it as it is and it'll be better then whatever made by studio committee mess they come up with.
    • Xerxexx
      That scene can never be done was perfect in every way.
  • Brian Sleider
    Piss off hollywood. Hire some people with new ideas please.
  • grimjob
  • Director Adrian Lyne's best film by far IMHO. Now someone is going to shit all over it. Thanks Hollywoodland. You're a peach.
  • AdrianLYneRules
    Dumb idea. It's like remaking the Usual Suspects or the Sixth Sense! The suprise ending is already known!!!!
  • Xerxexx
  • Richard Abella
  • LV 426
    Why? Why? Why? Just leave it alone.... Please.
  • I want to see it
    Sure ,why not. If they are going to make a unique interpretation and a different variation of the story with a different ending o.k.It's not like they did not remake great movies into great movies before this whole craze of remaking movies.Carpenters The Thing from 1982 is one good example of a remake and they made a different movie with the same basic story but still different than the original The thing from another World from 1951. Just don't use found footage type of cinema with characters doing video diaries talking directly to the audience,who ever came up with that should be shot,it ruined tv and movies imho,don't overuse CGI ,don't use jump scares at all,don't focus on the monsters ,less is more,infact don't even show them ,just hint at them,don't oversimplify the war with any kind of political bias you are going to use instead of Vietnam,don't use shaky cam and "Duplass-zoom-for-dramatic-effect" trick and all the other BS that's indicative of modern day cinema....oh lens flares also...and no Snyderesque speed up-slow-mo-speed up idiocy... Can't wait for a CGI infused remake of Citizen Kane.
    • mooreworthy
      Good point about The Thing. Both are great by themselves.
  • David Banner
    Lolwut? I thought they remade this a few years ago, and called it SuckerPunch? But really, this is a fucking dumb idea, leave one of my favorite movies alone, or I'll get angry. And you wont like me when I'm angry...
  • mooreworthy
    Movie blew my mind back then. The only good thing about this article is that it will make me go to amazon and buy the original.
  • Clare
    Is there a petition against this?! >.<
  • DoomCanoe
  • David Banner
    How the fuck has this bot posted 281+ comments?
    • Tester
      What do U mean ?
  • Happy camper
    With screenwriters like those it has no chance.
  • max
    Why remake a film that was done right the first time. It's a period piece in a way.Totally origional. It's like remaking shawshank.You can't make that contemporary. You dont need to. I wish they'd leave good movies alone.




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