Although Sylvester Stallone is still busy making sequels to his iconic Rocky and Rambo franchises, we’ve been hearing for a while now that one of his fondly remembered ’90s action movies might be making a comeback either with or without him. Renny Harlin’s Cliffhanger was released back in 1993 and starred Stallone as a mountain climber who finds himself taken hostage by the perpetrators of a heist after their plane crashes in the Rocky Mountains. The movie made $255 million and remains one of Stallone’s most successful movies of all time. Back in 2008, there was some talk of Stallone possibly starring in a direct sequel, but now we’re hearing that this will be a complete reboot with a female star being sought for the lead role. On top of that, there is now a somewhat unexpected director attached. Hit the jump for more details.
According to Deadline, Ana Lily Amirpour (A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night, The Bad Batch) will direct a Cliffhanger reboot for Rocket Science and producer Neal Moritz (who was recently ousted from his most successful movie franchise, The Fast and the Furious). The script was written by Sascha Penn (Creed II) and will focus on a female protagonist (the original co-starred Janine Turner as Stallone’s climbing partner). Aquaman star Jason Momoa is supposedly in talks for a “key cameo” but it does not appear that Stallone will be involved.
Ana Lily Amirpour is a surprising choice to direct a big budget action movie like this, having mainly directed art house genre fare, but it will be interesting to see what she can bring to it. She is supposedly a big fan of survival thriller genre and is “attracted to the theme of mountain climbers who, like filmmakers, have a certain madness to them.” No doubt this movie is also hoping to build on the recent success of the Oscar-winning documentary Free Solo, which has put mountain climbing back in the spotlight. Are you looking forward to a new version of Cliffhanger?