StudioCanal Rebooting Sylvester Stallone's Cliffhanger
by Alex Billington
May 14, 2009
Another day, another remake. The French production company StudioCanal has announced that they'll be working with producer Neal Moritz's Original Films to reboot Cliffhanger. Last year we reported a rumor about a Cliffhanger sequel being developed with Stallone, but that eventually turned out to be just BS. However, StudioCanal is completely set on rebooting this one from scratch. "Just as they rebooted Star Trek, we're going to do the same with Cliffhanger," said Moritz, who will produce. Unlike the original, where Italy stood in for the Colorado Rockies, the new redo looks set to feature multiple cliff-face locations.
As we all know, the original Cliffhanger starred Sylvester Stallone and John Lithgow and was directed by Renny Harlin. It's actually one of my favorite early 90's action movies, largely because I was into rock climbing at the time and it's just quite badass. StudioCanal is hoping to shoot this new Cliffhanger next year, however they haven't hired a screenwriter yet and are currently looking for one. Word is that this updated version with focus on a group of young climbers (that's where that Star Trek reference comes in) as opposed to one climber and a group of angry henchmen. Please don't let this turn out terrible!
Since seeing another Cliffhanger movie was inevitable, I'm wondering whether everyone would've preferred seeing a Cliffhanger sequel or a Cliffhanger reboot instead? Which one would turn out better?
Reader Feedback - 19 Comments
With Stallone being so involved in the creative decisions of his recent movies, with him taking the reigns as director and writer and actually turning out good material...my vote would be to go for the sequel. A sequel starring Stallone would be better than the reboot. In my humble opinion. Vertical Limit was a good movie, but it was not Cliffhanger. This reboot sounds more like Vertical Limit than Cliffhanger.
V on May 14, 2009
Yep, I agree with that.. go with the sequel as long as Sly writes, directs and stars. It'd have to be a clever script to make it cool, meaning putting his character back in similar circumstances all over again. Maybe set literally in Europe whie gabes on holiday at a ski resort or something!! I'd love to see this after Expendables, I loved Cliffhanger too and was excited when I 1st heard of the sequel rumor. A re-boot with young climbers sounds like a shit concept. I really hope it turns out to be false. Also while we're on the topic... a 3rd Ghostbusters with a similar theme of a young cast would also be rancid.
Hercie on May 14, 2009
Yeah please go with a 2nd one instead of a reboot because people is sick and tired of the same old thing called reboot ( its all Dark Nights Fault )
David on May 14, 2009
Really? I mean, really? Cos I know that after Star Trek the franchise I most want to see revived is Cliffhanger. Pffft.
Fuelbot on May 14, 2009
This "rebooting" thing is ridicules... All it mean is by calling it a "reboot" they have a guaranteed audience (return on investment for the producers). If they announced they were making a "climbing action movie", they wouldn't get the same built in audience. This is bad news for independent movies. If you were a producer looking to make money (which is their job), would you take a chance and green-light an original script by an unknown up-and-coming filmmaker, or go with the safe "re-boot", "sequel", "everyone who saw the original will definitely come and pay to see this" script? Anyway, I'm going to check out Stallone hanging from a sea-plane before I ruin my morning... Trip
Trip on May 14, 2009
Some suggestions for remakes: Mr Bush goes to Washington The Seven Masterbators Means Cul-de-sac Star Wars: The Phantom Mormon Gone with the Postman The Milkman Calls Bringing up the Son who will never leave home and lives off my sodding gratitude because I mated with his mother The 38 Steps Psycho To Kill a F**king Bird The Willful Bunch Die Reboot 5.0 The Dark Night That be all for now. Sorry for the lack of creativity, but I cannot be bothered to think up any new ideas.
G. Kaplan on May 14, 2009
Either this Moritz fella is a complete moron or he has a remarkably well-developed sense of irony: he calls his company 'Original Films' and its entire projected output is comprised of remakes of Flash Gordon, Total Recall and now Cliffhanger. He doesn't have an original idea in his head - he just compares whatever he's currently doing with whatever film has just been a hit, regardless of whether there actually are any parallels or not. 'It's gonna be like The Dark Knight' one minute, then 'just like Star Trek' a week after that did well. Jeez. I'm so sick of hearing the term 'reboot' thrown around by clueless twerps like him, the word has ceased to have any meaning... What's the betting if The Expendables is as cool as we all want it to be, he'll be dropping this remake idea in a panic and begging Sly to make a Cliffhanger sequel instead?
Mathieu on May 14, 2009
"Sorry for the lack of creativity, but I cannot be bothered to think up any new ideas." Kaplan, are you trying to get yourself hired by a Hollywood studio, or something? 😉
Mathieu on May 14, 2009
This is insane. The film came out in 1993. Sadly this is were the industry has made its bed! chuck
entertainmenttodayandbeyond.com on May 14, 2009
Jesus Fucking Christ!!
sumonesumtime on May 14, 2009
Cliffhanger is a great movie. Leave it be. Next thing you know we'll see a Demolition Man reboot... These movies are great because they are typical 90s films. Leave them that way. I don't see why the creative team can't come up with another original idea set on top of a cliff...
Widescreen Wonderland on May 14, 2009
Demolition Kid With Arnie. I Love it.
G. Kaplan on May 14, 2009
Yea why a reboot? These movies being released in the 90s plus the style they used to make the action flick is why they are considered classics. At least go with what #1, #2 said, and make a sequel instead.
Nikhil Hariharan on May 14, 2009
No, no, NO! What is it with hollywood and it's thirst for rebooting films? Wait, I know, don't aswer that. Some films shouldn't be rebooted. Some because they suck, some because they're fine the way they are and some because, well, there's just no reason to. Cliffhanger falls in all categories. It's fine the way it is with a few sucky moments, but I see no reason for a reboot...
Hans on May 14, 2009
Original ideas are sooo 90's
L on May 14, 2009
I'll watch this; but only if Stallone and all the cast members from the expendables is in it.
Last Son Vs. Blatch on May 14, 2009
Now that’s good news even with some one like Neal Moritz (XXX/Fast&Furios) pulling the strings. As long as they not trying to include the whole X games circus or such shit. Instead this could be TAKEN on a rock, with an grumpy (not to young) mountain guide giving some bad guy-show-offs a hard time. Preferable in a strong ratetd-r kind of way.
Sebastian Selig on May 14, 2009
Who can forget Leon's unforgettable delivery of "Time to kill a mountain man."? 😛 Honestly, this film was laughable back in 1993. I remember sitting in a cinema with the audience in stitches over the dialogue and some of the action sequences in this movie (I particularly love that final zoom-in shot of Lithgow's face inside the falling helicopter). If ever there was a need for a reboot (fuck, I hate all these remakes), this movie is not it. It's a classic of bad action cinema. Janine Turner looks hot, though 🙂
avoidz on May 15, 2009
Ahem...The correct and only word to describe this is "Remake"
d1rEct on May 15, 2009
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