Let the reboot/remake news continue. Cliffhanger, the 1993 Sylvester Stallone-starring actioner from director Renny Harlin, is to receive a “reimagining.” Deadline reports that producer Neal Moritz and StudioCanal have chosen Joe Gazzam to write the screenplay. Gazzam was chosen from a group of writers that were tasked with pitching ideas on how to reboot the film.
It’s not a hundred percent, but Sony is expected to pick up the project as distributor, since Moritz’s Original Pictures is Sony-based. Cliffhanger was originally produced by Carolco and distributed by Tristar. Carolco went from a hugely successful period with films like Terminator 2: Judgment Day, Total Recall, and the first three films in the Rambo franchise, to bankruptcy with bombs like Cutthroat Island and Showgirls. The rights to Cliffhanger ended up at StudioCanal.
Cliffhanger saw Stallone star as a traumatised rock-climbing instructor who is forced back into a climbing expedition after a botched mid-air heist results in suitcases full of cash being scattered throughout the Rocky Mountains. Various groups attempt to make their way to the cash, including a ruthless villain played by John Lithgow. The film was a huge hit, earning over $255 million worldwide.
This is actually one film we wouldn’t mind seeing rebooted. The original was a fun and violent action-flick, and a good enough director would be able to bring the droves back to this entertaining concept. As long as they don’t decide on delivering a toned-down PG-13 version, we’re in.