Remake of Psychological Thriller 'Jacob's Ladder' in Development
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.
Reader Feedback - 25 Comments
fukin hell hollywood, fuking hell !!
Tester on Jun 28, 2013
One of my favorite psychological thrillers! It really gives SE7EN a run for its money.
DAVIDPD on Jun 28, 2013
Jamie Foxx or Will Smith in talks to star as the Iraqi War vet Jacob Singer.
lerryjee on Jun 28, 2013
After Iraq. Iraq Unchained.
After Erf on Jun 29, 2013
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.
zero56 on Jun 28, 2013
Aw nae. Just naaaaaaeeeee! No.
Carpola on Jun 28, 2013
"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.
James on Jun 28, 2013
That scene can never be done again...it was perfect in every way.
Xerxexx on Jun 28, 2013
Piss off hollywood. Hire some people with new ideas please.
Brian Sleider on Jun 28, 2013
grimjob on Jun 28, 2013
Director Adrian Lyne's best film by far IMHO. Now someone is going to shit all over it. Thanks Hollywoodland. You're a peach.
Quanah on Jun 28, 2013
Dumb idea. It's like remaking the Usual Suspects or the Sixth Sense! The suprise ending is already known!!!!
AdrianLYneRules on Jun 28, 2013
Xerxexx on Jun 28, 2013
Richard Abella on Jun 28, 2013
Why? Why? Why? Just leave it alone.... Please.
LV 426 on Jun 29, 2013
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 yeah...no lens flares also...and no Snyderesque speed up-slow-mo-speed up idiocy... Can't wait for a CGI infused remake of Citizen Kane.
I want to see it on Jun 29, 2013
Good point about The Thing. Both are great by themselves.
mooreworthy on Jun 29, 2013
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...
David Banner on Jun 29, 2013
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.
mooreworthy on Jun 29, 2013
Is there a petition against this?! >.<
Clare on Jun 30, 2013
*takes deep breath* NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO! *pants* OOOOOOooooooooooooooooo fuck
DoomCanoe on Jun 30, 2013
How the fuck has this bot posted 281+ comments?
David Banner on Jun 30, 2013
What do U mean ?
Tester on Jul 1, 2013
With screenwriters like those it has no chance.
Happy camper on Jun 30, 2013
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.
max on Jul 1, 2013
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