There's a New ALCATRAZ Movie Being Developed By The Producers of JOHN WICK and 300
I've been fascinated with Alcatraz ever since I was a kid. There's just something fascinating and haunting about that place and every time I'm in San Fransisco, I have to go! There are also some great movies with Alcatraz and the main setting. Two of my favorites are Clint Eastwood's Escape From Alcatraz and Michael Bay's The Rock.
Well, we've got a new movie coming set in Alcatraz. It's called Alcatraz and according to Collider, it's being developed by the producers of John Wick and 300. James Foley has also been attached to direct it. Foley is the director of the Fifty Shades of Grey sequels, so that doesn't spark much confidence. But prior to that, he did direct Glengarry Glen Ross and Fear.
The script was written by Ian Mackenzie Jeffers (The Grey, Death Sentence) and the story is said to be based on the true story of Frank Morris, Clarence Anglin, and John Anglin and their escape from Alcatraz, in June of 1962. To this day, those three men remain on the U.S. Marshals Service’s “most wanted” list. So basically it's a remake of Clint Eastwood's classic 1979 film.
This is a great story and I love the original film, but there are so many other stories on Alcatraz to tell! I wish that they would tell one of the many other true stories from the prison. Hell, the story of The Battle of Alcatraz would make a great film! There were also a few other escape attempts that are great stories.
As a self-proclaimed Alcatraz historian, I do hope the movie is good. I just wish that they would focus on one of the hundreds of other great stories to make a film out of. A great story that audiences might not be familiar with.