I adore Adrian Lyne’s classic dark thriller, Jacob’s Ladder with a passion. The ultra creepy trip is one of the best horror films ever made, and I have to admit to being rather annoyed that someone dare reboot it, whether its called a “homage” or not.
However, earlier this year the news broke that a new Jacob’s Ladder film was on the way, and now The Wrap reports that House of Cards director James Foley will be directing. However, there is a twist in the tale, for the report does not say Foley is directing a remake, or even reboot, but more a homage to the brilliant 1990 film.
Per The Wrap:
“House of Cards” director James Foley is in negotiations to direct an homage to the 1990 cult classic “Jacob’s Ladder” for Mickey Liddell’s LD Entertainment.
The untitled paranoid thriller that Foley is developing is less a remake than a contemporary homage to the original “Jacob’s Ladder” that introduces new situations and characters, though it will pose similar existential questions regarding life, death, reality and perception.
Liddell and LD Entertainment’s Jennifer Monroe are producing the project with Michael Gaeta and Alison Rosenzweig. Jeff Buhler (“The Midnight Meat Train”) wrote the script, which has changed since the initial draft penned by Jake Wade Wall (“When a Strange Calls”).
Gaeta and Rosenzweig collaborated on DreamWorks’ 2011 remake of “Fright Night” and are developing a remake of the 1987 thriller “Angel Heart.”
In the original film, Tim Robbins starred as Jacob Singer, a New York postal worker who is trying to keep his frayed life from unravelling. His days are increasingly being invaded by flashbacks to his first marriage, his now-dead son, and his tour of duty in Vietnam. Although his new wife tries to help Jacob keep his grip on sanity, the line between reality and delusion is steadily growing more and more uncertain.