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!
Is Commando ripe for a remake, or best left in the ‘80s?