You might recognize the names Joe and Anthony Russo best from their directorial efforts on Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Captain America: Civil War, but the brothers have a long history of work in television that precedes their Marvel movie success. And while their work in Marvel’s Cinematic Universe is far from over – they’ll be directing the two-part Avengers: Infinity War movies due out in 2018 and 2019 – the Russos will be heading back to TV to tackle a fan-favorite property.
As Deadline reports, the Russos plan to bring The Warriors to TV in a new, hourlong drama series. The Paramount TV production, along with Hulu, seeks to bring about a new version of Walter Hill’s 1979 adaptation of Sol Yurick’s novel of the same name. The Russos will work with writer Frank Baldwin on the project, though no director has been set just yet. The plan is to honor the original story while injecting the series with the Russos’ unique style.
For those of you unfamiliar with The Warriors, take a look at the film’s trailer below, followed by a bit more about it:
Here’s the film’s official synopsis:
A battle of gigantic proportions is looming in the neon underground of New York City. The armies of the night number 100,000, they outnumber the police 5 to 1, and tonight they’re after the Warriors – a street gang blamed unfairly for a rival gang leader’s death. This contemporary action-adventure story takes place at night, underground, in the sub-culture of gang warfare that rages from Coney Island to Manhattan to the Bronx. Members of the Warriors fight for their lives, seek to survive in the urban jungle and learn the meaning of loyalty. This intense and stylized film is a dazzling achievement for cinematographer Andrew Laszlo.
This seems like a property tailor-made for the Russos to adapt and one that could be brought to TV relatively easily. I’d imagine they’re going to have a lot of fun with the visuals and fighting styles for the various gangs who appear throughout the treacherous maze of the city under cover of darkness. While the 1979 film tracked The Warriors’ progress over the course of a tense 90 minutes, the Russos will now be able to fully flesh out each and every battle the title characters face. There are lots of questions to be answered still – the series’ setting, cast, tone, etc. – but it’s a very interesting project that bears keeping an eye on.
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