Yet another remake is being prepped for ignition this week as Warner Brothers and Hollywood Gang have announced their intention to put together an updated version of the 1981 sci-fi film Outland starring Sean Connery. The original, which was directed by Peter Hyams (Capricorn One, Timecop), followed a Federal Marshal on a mining colony on one of Jupiter’s moons, who uncovers a dangerous corporate conspiracy. Described as a “space western” of sorts, it has often been compared to High Noon.
The remake will be helmed by Michael Davis, who recently did the over-the-top action/comedy Shoot ‘Em Up, and written by newcomer Chad St. John (The Days Before). Although I haven’t seen the original, somehow Davis doesn’t seem like the right guy for the job. Hopefully he won’t get too carried away with the action sequences. Duncan Jones recently cited Outland as an inspiration for his own debut film Moon… maybe he should have been considered instead? Either way, I look forward to eventually reviewing this remake on the podcast, and hopefully having Greg accidentally watch the recent film Outlander instead.