Fox confirm Commando remake

David Ayer will write and direct...


Some day in the not-too-distant future, Hollywood studios will give up on original movies altogether. Why bother writing something new, when there are people willing to pay for a “reimagining” of Police Academy 6?

Following hot on the tail of Robert Rodriguez’s new Predators movie, the bright sparks over at Fox have announced the latest ‘80s classic to get a bit of spit and polish will be Arnie action-fest Commando.

Harsh Times helmer David Ayer will be writing the script and pointing the camera, whilst Erwin Stoff and John Davis will produce.

Details are fairly minimal at the moment, but according to Deadline, Ayer’s vision will attempt to rein in the rippling muscles and OTT action, in favour of a “real-world spin”.

In the original, Schwarzenneger played John Matrix, a retired special-forces hard-case who is forced into assisting a military coup when his daughter is kidnapped by a power-hungry warlord.

Naturally, Arnie reacted by shooting everybody, so will this “real-world” approach have Ayer’s leading man playing things differently? The word is this Matrix will be more of a covert operator, a la Jason Bourne, so expect any chewy one-liners to be kept to a minimum.

We’re not too sure what to make of this one to be honest. We could either end up with a balls-out, explosion-happy retread of the original, which would be fun but pointless, or a poe-faced attempt to “modernise” things by crowbarring in 9/11-references and cutting all the excess that was so ace the first time around.

Ayer’s got a decent enough track record however, so hopefully he can make it work without upsetting too many people. Meanwhile, the petition for an Arnie cameo starts here!

Source: Deadline

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    • BenCh

      Apr 29th 2010, 10:53

      This is the one thing we didn't want to happen.

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    • Devilangeldude

      Apr 29th 2010, 11:45

      The muscles, the action, the one liners, the campness, is what made the original so great. We don't want covert Jason Bourne, style, we've got Jason Bourne for that. Plus there's no man, man enough to look the part. I was distraught when I heard there would be no "Shup Foo" in the A-Team remake. Although I've heard from someone that as it's a modern take, they will update the rudeness to: "Shup mother..." which i'm more than happy to hear

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    • kevcampbell

      Apr 29th 2010, 11:58

      this is ridiculous this is one of arnolds great movies

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    • dbrn1

      Apr 29th 2010, 12:23

      Is nothing sacred?

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    • Hadouken76

      Apr 29th 2010, 13:48

      its of its time, when steroid-enhanced over the top heroics were acceptable, nowadays its all shoe-gazin angst about 'feelings'

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    • Hadouken76

      Apr 29th 2010, 13:48

      its of its time, when steroid-enhanced over the top heroics were acceptable, nowadays its all shoe-gazin angst about 'feelings'

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    • ThrashGordon

      Apr 29th 2010, 14:46

      *Re-enacts Planet of the Apes final scene wiith giant statue of Bennett sticking out of the Aussie Mad maxian beaches instead of statue of liberty...*

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    • Graam701

      Apr 30th 2010, 9:15

      Was there a sudden script writer apocalypse in hollywood that we didnt hear about?! Why cant they write something original!!

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    • Ddraig

      Apr 30th 2010, 14:16

      So, a retired Bourne-ish guy who uses his military/spy skills to rescue his kidnapped daughter? Wasn't that already done (well) as 'Taken'? Commando and Taken are the same story, approached from different ends of the action spectrum. Attempting to remake one as the other seems pretty much doomed to failure.

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    • jayclassic

      Apr 30th 2010, 20:58

      I thought they already remade this movie when wwe released the marine a few years back

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    • Rubes

      Apr 30th 2010, 22:12

      This news makes me very sad

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    • JimmyJump

      May 1st 2010, 2:45

      Not such a bad idea, but only when indeed there is an idea... Sounds like they want to throw a tad of "Dogs Of War" (John Irvin - 1980) into the mix, maybe even add a touch of "Clinton & Nadin/Blood Money" (Jerry Schatzberg - 1988). Could work, as long as the cocktail is shaken *and* stirred profusely... JJ

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    • Ali1748

      May 1st 2010, 10:17

      " Stick around " " Let off some steam "

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    • Dude111

      May 12th 2010, 10:37

      It will be a complete P.C. piece of garbage!! Why cant they leave GOOD MOVIES alone?

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