'Social Network' Producer Developing a Remake of 'Blue Thunder'

March 17, 2015
Source: THR

Blue Thunder

After the success of Fifty Shades of Grey, producer Dana Brunetti, who was also behind The Social Network, is looking to bring a remake to the big screen next. THR reports Columbia Pictures is developing a remake of Blue Thunder, an action thriller from 1983 about a Los Angeles police pilot (Roy Scheider) tasked with learning to fly a new specially modified helicopter called Blue Thunder meant for police work, armed and designed to counter street insurgencies. But soon he learns there may be more to this advanced helicopter than meets the eye. But the new version will involve the world's most advanced drone instead.

Brunetti is producing the film by way of his Trigger Street Productions with Marvel Studios executive and writer Craig Kyle writing the script. It's no coincidence that this project is getting set up at Columbia Pictures since Michael De Luca helped Brunetti produce Fifty Shades of Grey and is now the president of production at the studio. In addition, Escape Artists will be part of the production as they were also working on a remake of the film at the same time. It couldn't be a more timely film considering how prominent drones are in our culture, from the military to our hobbies, but will audiences be interested?

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  • Brian Sleider
    Well.....ok. Why not just make a new helicopter type movie, maybe with drones, to have it be current. Lazy ass film makers.
  • mooreworthy
    Air Wolf next? So not digging this.
    • TheOct8pus
      Street Hawk? Automan? Knight Rider? Manimal is apparently in the works, so a movie version/reboot of these 80's sci-fi shows is not entirely implausible.
      • mooreworthy
        Automan...brings me back!
  • TyeFighterPilot
    This will be an abomination of the original. Blue Thunder Drone? ... No more remakes! This needs to STOP! Didn't STEALTH already do the Drone gone mad thing? And that was a real good movie lol
    Yeah, again just the name.
  • Payne by name
    Blue Thunder is still a really cracking film. Pleasingly adult, killer soundtrack and one of the best on screen explosions ever committed to film. I don't really have an opinion on doing a remake, just wanted to praise up the original!
    • TheOct8pus
      Is Blue Thunder the one where he does a loop de loop in the chopper at the end?
      • Payne by name
        That it is and Roy utters the great line "come on you tub of shit".
        • TheOct8pus
          Haha!! Nice. That scene would lose all its gravitas if they used a drone.
          • Payne by name
            Yes it would. After Scheider uttered the immortal "smile you son of a bitch" at the end of jaws, I thought another little 'scheider-ism' was very welcome at the end of this film.
  • Oh man, 1983! Now i feel old! I loved this movie. Thanks for bringing it back into my thoughts. Gonna have to buy the Bluray!
  • AwesomeWave
    Hollywood really IS out of ideas, aren't they.




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