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High Noon: In Space

By Steven Lloyd Wilson | Industry | August 18, 2009 |

By Steven Lloyd Wilson | Industry | August 18, 2009 |

They’re really getting into the lower tiers of films trying to find things to remake at this point. Warner Brothers is remaking Outland, a 1981 space western starring Sean Connery that basically just took the script to High Noon, and shot it with space suits and swearing. The original wasn’t badly received, but wasn’t particularly loved either. It’s not a cult classic, it’s just a mediocre old movie that hardly anyone even remembers was made, and only pulled in a couple million dollars more than its $16 million budget.

They’ve gotten Michael Davis (Shoot ‘em Up) to direct, and rather than being set on Jupiter’s moon of Io and involving the marshal fighting assassins sent by the corrupt administration as the civilians refuse to help, it will be set in a space station near the moon and feature a cop who uncovers a conspiracy and takes on a private army. The mystery here is why they’re even bothering to call it a remake. There’s no draw built into the title, by all accounts they’re changing major parts of the story anyway … maybe they’re going to cast Sean Connery in the lead again.

Okay, I’d watch that.

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