I flipping love Cliffhanger– it’s the Sylvester Stallone film I’ve probably watched most after the Rocky series. For me, its two hours of nonstop mountain-set thrills epitomises ’90s action movie making at its best. So you can probably understand my annoyance that it’s now getting the remake treatment. News has come through that a female-led version is in the making. We don’t have a cast yet, but Jason Momoa [Aquaman] in talks for a cameo, Ana Lily Amirpour [A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night] will be directing and Sascha Penn [Creed 2] has written the script.
Here’s what Amirpour had to say to ‘Collider’:
“I am very excited to partner with Original Films and Rocket Science, who share my passion for the character-driven high-adrenalin survival movie; one of my favorite genres. We are setting out to create a thrill-ride on the mountain which taps into the primal side of an action movie, where you see what a person is capable of doing to survive in the most extreme situations, pushed to the limits. Add to that some high-stakes espionage and a badass female mountain climber as the lead and it becomes a truly epic reinvention of what made the original Cliffhanger movie so fun and so thrilling.”
Co-producer Neal Moritz also commented:
“I’ve been wanting to re-make this adrenaline-filled survival thriller with a strong female protagonist – both in front of and behind the camera – for some time. The elements came together with Ana Lily and Rocket Science and we look forward to gathering the rest of the pieces. I’ve always wanted to make the movies I want to see — big at their core with characters which connect to the audience while simultaneously encouraging them to leave their house and go to a theater. Cliffhanger is just that, in what we hope will be the first of an entirely new franchise.”
I thought that Amirpour’s Iranian-set vampire flick A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night was terrific, so we could be in for a good film. But, at the risk of sounding sexist, am I the only one annoyed by this trend of ‘feminising’ characters and films/TV series. Here’s an idea – how about creating some original stories with female protagonists? Mind you, you can extend this to the obsession with remakes in general. Hollywood really does seem to have ran out of creativity.