Michael Davis Goes Back To Outland

Remake of cult Connery planned

Michael Davis, the writer and director of the none-more-daft Shoot 'Em Up, is planning a re-jig of Outland as his next project, according to Variety.

The 1981 original was directed by Peter Hyams and starred Sir Sean Connery as the marshal on Jupiter's moon Io, who stumbles across dastardly goings on in the mining colony at which he's stationed. Its main hook was that it transplanted High Noon to a sci-fi setting and while it didn't do spectacular business, it remains a curio and does have a following. A slow-burn with a couple of good set-pieces, Connery at his most stoic, and a decent quota of exploding heads, it's well worth checking out if it's passed you by so far.

So what will a new version do to tweak the original? It's unclear. Producer Gianni Nunnari just describes the basic plot and says he loves the original, while Davis says he intends to "stay true to the thematic heart of Outland while expanding the space frontier concept." Maybe he'll expand it to include a villain who constantly phones his wife, and a marshal who chews carrots. Now that would be a twist.