Studio Canal and producer Neal Moritz (Fast & Furious franchise) are moving forward with a Cliffhanger remake, mining the 1993 Sylvester Stallone action-adventure film for a modern day update. Directed by Renny Harlin (Die Hard 2), the original pic starred Stallone as a traumatized mountain climber/rescue ranger who is summoned by thieves to help recover three briefcases carrying $100 million in total that were strewn across the Rocky Mountains. Deadline reports that Joe Gazzam has been hired to write the script for the remake after impressing Moritz with his take on the redo, which could end up at Sony given the producer’s relationship with the studio.
This is a bit of a baffling property to choose for a remake, but I guess if an extreme sports-centered Point Break redo can exist, a Cliffhanger do-over is par for the course. Hit the jump for more on the film.
Moritz has plenty of experience steering action-oriented spectacle films, having produced the entirety of the Fast & Furious franchise in addition to pics like xXx, S.W.A.T., and the recent Total Recall remake. It’ll be interesting to see how the Cliffhanger redo is approached given Hollywood’s over-reliance on CG effects versus practical stuntwork, but hopefully Moritz takes a cue from his Fast & Furious series and opts for more practical mountain climbing stunts.
Stallone’s original film isn’t necessarily beloved, but it was a sufficient offering to the early 1990s action boom. Since big summer tentpoles are almost always envisioned as part of a trilogy/quadrilogy/never-ending universe, perhaps Gazzam’s script will end the Cliffhanger remake on an actual cliffhanger?
Watch the gloriously over-dramatic trailer for the original film below.