Continuing on the trend of gender-flipping past films, news has broken that we’re in for a female-led Cliffhanger remake.
Casting is currently underway for a female-starring reboot of 1993 action classic Cliffhanger, which starred Sylvester Stallone. What’s more, Aquaman star Jason Momoa has entered talks to have a cameo in the film.
Deadline broke the news, reporting that the new film is to be directed by Ana Lily Amirpour, whose credits include The Bad Batch and A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night. The latest script draft comes from Creed II scribe Sascha Penn.
“I am very excited to partner with Original Films and Rocket Science, who share my passion for the character-driven high-adrenaline survival movie; one of my favorite genres,” Lily Amirpour said in a statement.
“We are setting out to create a thrill-ride on the mountain which taps into the primal side of an action movie, where you see what a person is capable of doing to survive in the most extreme situations, pushed to the limits. Add to that some high-stakes espionage and a badass female mountain climber as the lead and it becomes a truly epic reinvention of what made the original Cliffhanger movie so fun and so thrilling.”
Fast & Furious franchise producer Neal Moritz is producing the film with Toby Jaffe under their Original Film banner, with Rocket Science set to launch international sales at Cannes. StudioCanal previously held the rights, but lost them in a competitive situation.
“I’ve been wanting to re-make this adrenaline-filled survival thriller with a strong female protagonist – both in front of and behind the camera – for some time,” said Moritz, who’s long had this as a passion project.
“The elements came together with Ana Lily and Rocket Science and we look forward to gathering the rest of the pieces. I’ve always wanted to make the movies I want to see — big at their core with characters which connect to the audience while simultaneously encouraging them to leave their house and go to a theater. Cliffhanger is just that, in what we hope will be the first of an entirely new franchise.”
Amirpour hit Instagram to share a teaser poster that’s been crafted for Cannes:
Shooting on the new film is expected to take place in the first half of 2020. In the meantime, we await to hear who is cast in the lead.
Here’s a look back at the original Cliffhanger, which earned over $US255 million worldwide from an estimated budget of $US70 million: