Warner Bros. and Hollywood Gang Prods. have brought on Shoot 'Em Up director Michael Davis to helm a remake of the 1981 Sean Connery sci-fi film Outland. Writer Chad St. John(The Days Before) has been brought on to pen the script.
The drama revolves around a police marshal stationed at a remote mining colony on Jupiter's moon Io, where he uncovers a murderous conspiracy threatening the entire Outland with collapse.
Hollywood Gang's Gianni Nunnari, who will produce the project, said:
We loved the original sci-fi film with Sean Connery. At its core, Outland is a version of High Noon in outer space, as two courageous people take a stand against a gang of ruthless conspirators at the highest level.
Davis describes what he has planned for the film:
We're staying true to the thematic heart of Outland while expanding the space frontier concept.
Davis wrote and directed the completely over the top action film Shoot 'Em Up. I hope he doesn't go for that kind of crazy action in this. I don't understand why Warner would seek him out for this kinda project.
I think Moon director Duncan Jones could do something special with material like this. We know what he could do in the world of Sci-Fi, this is something right up his alley. But kudos to him for staying away from the remake game.
I'll have to see more. For now, I think toss this in the unnecessary remake bin.
Check out the trailer for original 1981 Outlander, and let us know what you think!