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Remo Williams Will Return
New movie planned for The Destroyer

10 July 2009  |  Written by Owen Williams  |  Source: Hollywood Reporter

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To most of us in the UK, Remo Williams is a single cheesy action movie from the mid-80s: Remo: Unarmed and Dangerous. But in the States it's a massive franchise of paperback novels, and Charles Roven and Steve Chasman, producers, respectively, of The Dark Knight and the Transporter films, are aiming to bring Remo back. THR's Risky Business blog reports that the project is being set up between Columbia and Sony.

Incredibly there are, to date, about 150 novels in the Destroyer series, which was begun in the early 70s by Warren Murphy and Richard Sapir, and continued by multiple authors. 

The overall concept is that Remo Williams, a cop from Newark, is framed and sentenced to death, and then rescued and turned into a super ninja spy by a secret society begun by President Kennedy. A bit like Torchwood but without the aliens. He is trained in a mental invented martial art called Sinanju by the Mr Miyagi character Chiun, earning the ability to dodge bullets and walk on sand without leaving footprints. 

The original film starred hunky Fred Ward as Remo and Joel Grey (the creepy MC from Cabaret) as Chiun. Captain Janeway was in it too. The director, fittingly given the Bond-ish potential of the series, was Guy Hamilton (Goldfinger, Live and Let Die).

It was daft but a lot of fun, and had a cliffhanging setpiece on an extremely fake looking Statue of Liberty. The American title was The Adventure Begins, which was a tad unfortunate since the series never went anywhere. There was a TV pilot in the late 80s, but it wasn't picked up.

But "daft but a lot of fun" is, of course, exactly how the Transporter series works, meaning that Steve Chasman would seem to have entirely the right sensibility to bring this off. Clearly there's enormous franchise potential, and the excuse for a lot of truly ridiculous martial arts. 

Is there anything better than a lot of truly ridiculous martial arts? 


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Should be fun
The original with Fred Ward was a great piece of bubblegum action and it's cool to see them make an attempt at turning this into a franchise. Ideal person to play Remo could be Jeffrey Dean Morgan! More

Posted by Big Braveheart at 13:36 on 25 July 2009 | Report This Post

A fool chatters but the wise man listens!
The film was loads of fun! The whole mythology of Sinanju was great, Remo and Chiun's banter was fun and the action was cool. I tried to read some of the early books a while ago which seemed to be quite dated, sexist and even racist in parts but the film was great. The theme tune was brilliant too, anybody who remembers the film can hum Craig Safan's opening theme. Lets hope they keep the theme. More

Posted by giddig at 18:08 on 10 July 2009 | Report This Post

Brilliant!
The original was a classic piece of nonsense, and i can only hope that the new one is as good. Would love to see Fred Ward return, this time as the head of the organisation. Should get Jet Li into make up and have him as Chuin. Someone like Timothy Olyphant would be excellent as Remo. More

Posted by davidjthomson at 14:30 on 10 July 2009 | Report This Post

So excited I also love this film watched it all the time as a kid along with other cheesy classics like DARYYL and Race For The Yankee Zephyr. Slavone is right though the Statue of Liberty scene is in the first half of the film isn't it? The film ends after a running on water and fight in a military base doesn't it. More

Posted by SirJawa at 11:16 on 10 July 2009 | Report This Post

I LOVE the 80's movie. It was legendary when I was a kid. Especailly the bit where he kills the villain in the gas mask by sticking two fingers throught the eye holes. Classic. It'll be interesting to see if they can pull off a new version, but frankly I think the cheesiness is all part of the charm and am actually a bit reluctant to see them try. Plus - they'll be hard pressed to find two leads as charismatic as Ward and Grey. And that theme tune ROCKED. More

Posted by The Jackal at 10:47 on 10 July 2009 | Report This Post

This was a tremendously fun 80s movie full of great, albeit daft ideas - it also had a decent cast, was funny and had a lot of heart - not to mention a quite excellent theme tune that really got you in the mood right from the off. And it's Fred Ward's finest hour (better than in Short Cuts, on a par with his cracking character in Tremors!) I was chuffed to finally land it on DVD a few years back. However, the Statue of Liberty (complete with scaffolding) sequence wasn't the climax, sorry Owen More

Posted by slaveone at 09:21 on 10 July 2009 | Report This Post

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