Sylvester Stallone’s 1993 mountain climbing action-thriller Cliffhanger was a brilliant movie and I’m sure most of you might remember it. Well, hold on because Cliffhanger is getting a reboot by Fast and Furious producer Neal Moritz.
According to Deadline, the film is being directed by Ana Lily Amirpour (A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night), it will have a female lead, and Jason Momoa is in talks to play a key cameo role.
Apparently, this Cliffhanger reboot has long been a passion project for Moritz whose Original Film will produce with Rocket Science. As you might expect, the reboot is being built up as a big action franchise.
The script for the film will be written by Sascha Penn (Creed II). There are no story details out yet, but if you’ve seen the original movie, then you kind of already know what to expect. In the original film, Sylvester Stallone plays a “haunted mountain rescuer who is pitted against a group of criminals who have lost their $100M stash during a plane crash in the Rocky Mountains.”
Stallone is in no way involved with this reboot, but the movie will have a big budget and the creative team “won’t hold back when it comes to scale and visuals.” Amirpour has been planning this film for over a year and she had this to say in a statement:
“I instantly knew the elements of the story I wanted to tell. There’s a special place in my heart for an action-survival movie. I’ve always been attracted to the theme of mountain climbers who, like filmmakers, have a certain madness to them. I love genre and fantasy and in this type of survival film you’re playing with real fear.
“I am very excited to partner with Original Film and Rocket Science, who share my passion for this character-driven, high-adrenaline story; the survival film is 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.”
“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.”