Per THR, Sony’s in-house production company Escape Artists will produce a modern day revamp of 1983 thriller Blue Thunder.
The talent assembled for the remake hail from genres that are at times in complete opposition. Fifty Shades Of Grey‘s Dana Brunetti is producing under his Trigger Street Productions tag, and Craig Kyle – a Marvel Studios executive who is currently penning Thor: Ragnarok – is scripting. His work will be based on the original screenplay by Dan O’Bannon (Alien) and Don Jakoby (Evolution). At the moment, there’s no further information on who might be at the helm, but if development continues, we might see a shortlist of contenders in the near future.
The original movie, directed by John Badham and starring Roy Scheider and Daniel Stern, focused on the pilot of a military-style combat helicopter designed to mute crowd aggression during the 1984 Olympic Games. It’s believed that this modern version won’t be a carbon copy of the story. Instead, the powers that be are imparting a raft of relevant issues into its theme, as “the airborne surveillance weapon will be the world’s most advanced drone.”
Drone technology is a pressing issue, one continues to provoke debate for a variety of reasons, and now Tinseltown will be chucking in its two cents. We’re definitely excited to see how it all plays out, and we’ll be sure to keep you posted as more on this intriguing project arises.