Last year Rockstar Games released a video game based on Walter Hill’s 1979 cult classic The Warriors, and it seemed like it would be the beginning of a major resurgence for this movie. Right around the same time, a director’s cut DVD was released, and Tony Scott was rumoured to be working on a remake. But then Scott went on to direct Domino and Deja Vu, and it seemed to have been forgotten.
Recently, Tony Scott sat down with someone over at IGN and revealed that his remake of The Warriors is still very much happening. He’s just been taking extra time to prepare… by building up contacts with real gang members??? That’s right, apparently Scott wants to cast the new version with all authentic real-life groups like the Bloods and the Crips, and he claims he has already done the groundwork by meeting with heads of all the different L.A. gangs. (The 18th Street Gang actually appeared in Domino during Keira Knightley’s lap dance scene.) Scott also compares his remake of The Warriors to his brother’s recent film Kingdom of Heaven in terms of scale: “My vision of The Warriors is Los Angeles in 2007 and the gangs, instead of being 30, are going to be 3,000 or 5,000″. He went on to sneak in a little jab at Gus Van Sant’s Psycho remake while he was at it: “I’m not going to do what they did on Psycho, which is a frame-by-frame remake, which would be boringÃ¢â‚¬Â¦ God, I couldn’t imagine that. I’d rather shoot myself than spend a year of my life doing that.”
As much as Tony Scott’s movies tend to annoy me, I guess I can admit that his new take on The Warriors will be interesting to say the least. Still, there’s something about a hot shot Hollywood director working with real street gangs that seems more than a little contrived. Somehow I think I’d rather watch Gang Wars instead.» Related Link: IGN Filmforce: Tony Scott Interview [via]