John Moore To Remake Capricorn One

Space conspiracy thriller lifts off

Director John Moore hasn't had a great run of luck in Hollywood of late. Since the success of thriller Behind Enemy Lines, he's given us less-than-totally-successful remakes of Flight of the Phoenix and The Omen. And now, having just finished production on the upcoming Max Payne, he's returning to the world of remakes with the news that he'll direct a remake of 70s space-conspiracy thriller Capricorn One.

The original starred Elliot Gould, James Brolin and OJ Simpson as astronauts forced to fake a mission to Mars when their original mission is scrubbed just hours before launch. This one will have the same plot, but this is an "updated" and "reimagined" version of the story, from Che screenwriter Peter Buchman.

Incidentally, fact fans, the original was said to be inspired by that old chestnut about the Apollo missions being faked. As one of the Apollo astronauts interviewed in In The Shadow of the Moon noted, "we went to the Moon nine times. Why would we fake it nine times?"

It's an intriguing prospect, and while Moore hasn't had the best run of luck recently he's one of Hollywood's best casual swearers so deserves the benefit of the doubt. But let's see if we can help him out with casting suggestions: I'm going to go with the obvious and suggest Josh Brolin for James Brolin, and Jessica Simpson for OJ Simpson to get you started...