Another 90s classic is getting the remake treatment. Warner Bros. is gearing up for a remake of The Fugitive, and they've already got a director in place. It's come to light that the studio has tapped Albert Hughes (Alpha) to bring this cat and mouse tale to life for modern audiences. Remakes and reboots have become all the rage in recent years as studios struggle to stay relevant in an increasingly volatile and unpredictable marketplace, and this is just the latest classic to get swept up in the craze.
According to a new report, Albert Hughes has been locked down to direct The Fugitive remake, working from a script penned by Brian Tucker (Broken City). Erik Feig has been tapped to produce. Beyond that, little else has been revealed. It's not clear how soon production could be gearing up, nor is it clear who may be tapped to start. It certainly doesn't appear that this will be a sequel, as it's being billed as a remake. So don't expect to see Harrison Ford or Tommy Lee Jones show up.
Albert Hughes previously directed several movies with his brother Allen as The Hughes Brothers. Some of their collaborations include Menace II Society, From Hell and The Book of Eli. On his own, Hughes most recently directed last year's Alpha, which was modestly successful and was met with largely positive reviews. Hughes most recently directed several episodes of the upcoming Showtime series The Good Lord Bird.
The Fugitive was released in 1993 and was directed by Andrew Davis. The movie centers on a man named Richard Kimble (Harrison Ford) who is wrongfully accused of murdering his wife. He manages to escape from captivity in an attempt to find the real killer and clear his name. A crack team of U.S. marshals led by Deputy Samuel Gerard (Tommy Lee Jones) is hot on his heels and they will not rest until this man is captured. As Richard leads these officers of the law on a wild chase, he discovers the secrets behind his wife's death and must try to expose the real killer before his time is up.
The movie was based on the TV series of the same name, which ran for four seasons from 1963 to 1967. It was incredibly successful both critically and commercially. The movie grossed $368 million worldwide, which is good now but by 1993 standards was excellent. It was also nominated for seven Academy Awards, including Best Picture. Tommy Lee Jones went on to win the Oscar for Best Supporting actor. A far less successful sequel, U.S. Marshals, was released in 1998. Jones returned, but Harrison Ford did not. Instead, Wesley Snipes and Robert Downy Jr. were brought in. The sequel didn't fare well with critics and grossed just $102 million.
Oddly, this isn't the only revamp of the property taking place at the moment. Up-and-coming streaming service Quibi is looking at a small screen reboot as well, with Keifer Sutherland being eyed to star. We'll be sure to keep you posted as any further details on the project are made available. This news comes to us via Deadline.