Fans of the Adrian Lyne’s Jacob’s Ladder might wince at the news that the 1990’s cult classic is to be remade. The original film, starring Tim Robbins, follows a Vietnam war veteran who after coming home, tries to put the horrific memories of war behind him, but is haunted by petrifying visions whilst he is awake.
Jake Wade Well (When a Stranger Calls) has apparently put pen to paper and an early draft is kicking about. Reports have also confirmed that Jeff Buhler (The Midnight Meat Train) has also signed on as a scriptwriter.
Apparently, producers will not be doing a like for like remake of the classic but instead will pay homage to the original, and the story will be modernised. As reported by The Hollywood Reported, “the plan is to contemporize the story with new situations and characters but still maintain a story that examines issues and poses existential questions”.
Producers are now out to secure a director. Watch this space…
In the meantime, here’s the synopsis for the original:
A tortured man is caught in a middle-ground between hallucination and reality in this supernatural thriller. Jacob Singer (Tim Robbins) is a Vietnam veteran who is haunted by a horrible experience in battle that deeply troubles him, though he can’t clearly recall the details. Jacob also cannot free himself of his anxieties over the death of his son. Though well educated, Jacob works as a letter carrier and has become romantically involved with one of his co-workers, Jezzie (Elizabeth Pena), after divorcing his wife. Jacob’s tenuous hold on reality starts to slip as he begins seeing visions of monsters and demons all around him; he suffers severe panic attacks related to the chaos that may be reality, or may exist only in his mind. Jacob seeks counsel from Louis (Danny Aiello), a kindly chiropractor, as his ex-wife Sarah (Patricia Kalember), fellow Vietnam vet Paul (Pruitt Taylor Vince), and enigmatic stranger Michael (Matt Craven) all try to help the tortured Jacob. Macaulay Culkin appears briefly as Jacob’s son, while Jason Alexander, Ving Rhames, and Eriq LaSalle also highlight the supporting cast.