A remake of Adrian Lyne’s Jacob’s Ladder has been brewing over in Hollywood for a few years now, and today, Variety reports that LD Entertainment have found their lead in Michael Ealy.
Described as more of a reboot of the 1990 film than a straight remake, the project boasts a script from Alison Rosenzweig and Jeff Buhler, who rewrote Jake Wade Wall’s original draft, and has David Rosenthal behind the camera.
Plot details are scarce at this point, but Variety’s report mentions that it will be a “modern-day paranoid action thriller about two brothers.” That doesn’t give us a whole lot to go on, but apparently the producers are hoping to “contemporize the story with new situations and characters but still maintain a story that examines issues and poses existential questions.”
It’s been some time since I’ve seen the original Jacob’s Ladder, but it’s no secret that it wasn’t terribly successful back when it released. Failing to do much at the box office or with critics, it has become something of a cult classic in recent years, but I’m still not sure why exactly it needs to be rebooted.
That being said, Ealy is an enjoyable screen presence, and worked well with Rosenthal on his recent film The Perfect Guy, so maybe we’ll get something of decent quality here. Who knows? It’s too early to tell at this point, but we’ll remain cautiously optimistic until we hear more on this one.
Production on the Jacob’s Ladder reboot will get underway this May, so expect more casting news to trickle out over the next month or so.