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Michael Davis Goes Back To Outland
Remake of cult Connery planned

19 August 2009  |  Written by Owen Williams  |  Source: Variety

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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.


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I also bought it after seeing Moon. Which I have to say I loved, however it's references are painfully obvious. There seems to be a remake every other day at the moment. What i'm trying to say is Moon isn't anything we haven't seen before but it is a lot more creative and original than 90% of the remakes out there. So rip of the idea and create something new. . . . job done. More

Posted by kinobick at 17:19 on 19 August 2009 | Report This Post

God Damn
Remakes More

Posted by nybras at 15:11 on 19 August 2009 | Report This Post

Double feature
I remember seeing this at my local flea pit on a double bill with Blade Runner...and thought Outland was a better film. Hey, maybe it's time for a Blade Runner remake as well...cause it really has dated badly...with Russell Brand playing Deckard and perhaps Rob Schneider as Batty. More

Posted by MaxRenn at 13:15 on 19 August 2009 | Report This Post

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L: punchdrunk Man in pants...The Remake :p ren't you thinking of Zardoz? That was the one with Sean in the nappy. More

Posted by The_Hat at 09:50 on 19 August 2009 | Report This Post

Watched this recently after Duncan Jones referred to it as an inspiration for Moon. It's a great film but think it would make a more interesting remake than usual - the final shoot -out could do with beefing up - But who would fill Shhhean's very big shoes? It's one of his best performances (after Juan Sanchez Villa Lopa Ramirez...). More

Posted by Mr Grizzly at 09:10 on 19 August 2009 | Report This Post

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Picked this up the other week and watched it for the first time since I was a wee yin and it is still a good watch.  Highnoonish and some great exploding heads.  I think that the idea of a remake is not a bad idea.   With special effects the way they are now some cool things may be done.  As long as they keep the dark grity feel to the films world and don't make it all shiny More

Posted by morg1138 at 08:56 on 19 August 2009 | Report This Post

Man in pants...The Remake :p More

Posted by punchdrunk at 08:16 on 19 August 2009 | Report This Post

Outstanding!
Outland's £2.99 on PLAY..so good I almost bought it a second time.. More

Posted by vdjfrancis at 07:59 on 19 August 2009 | Report This Post

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