Warner Bros’ ‘The Fugitive’ Remake Moves Forward with ‘The Book of Eli’ Director Chosen

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Warner Bros. is moving forward with a remake of The Fugitive – and they’ve chosen the helmer.

The studio has been trying to get this remake off the ground for quite a while now; back in 2015 it was reported that WB had a plan to get production going in 2016. Well, this looks to be it.

According to Deadline, set to direct the new take on the ’93 thriller is Albert Hughes, whose credits include The Book of Eli, Alpha, From Hell, Dead Presidents and Menace II Society. Hughes will be working with a screenplay written by Brian Tucker, whose sole feature credit is the 2013 Mark Wahlberg and Russell Crowe political thriller Broken City.

The 1994 classic was based on a ’60s television series of the same name and had Harrison Ford playing a doctor who is wrongfully accused of murdering his wife. He goes on the run to find the murderer, with a U.S. Marshal – played by Tommy Lee Jones – on his tail. Andrew Davis (Under Siege, Collateral Damage) directed the film to great success, with $US368.8 million earned worldwide and a Best Supporting Actor Oscar win for Jones.

US streaming service Quibi (to launch in 2020) also has a Fugitive remake on the way. Their version will have Boyd Holbrook (Narcos, Logan) playing a man who is accused of blowing up an LA subway station and goes on the run to prove his innocence, a mission made harder with social media and real-time updates hitting the net. Kiefer Sutherland (24) plays the guy hunting him down.