Jacob's Ladder gets the remake treatment

Elizabeth Hoggard
29 June 2013

Hollywood's love affair with remakes shows no sign of abating as it's announced that producers Michael Gaeta and Alison Rosenzweig are planning a new version of the classic cult horror, 'Jacob's Ladder'.

The original, directed by Adrian Lyne and written by Bruce Joel Rubin in 1990, told the tale of a Vietnam vet (Tim Robbins) who begins to suffer horrific flashbacks and visions following a mysterious chemical experiment used in combat.

The production company will be Mickey Liddell’s LD Entertainment.

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The script is being written by Jeff Buhler, who wrote the Clive Barker adaptation, 'The Midnight Meat Train', and will be based on an earlier draft by Jake Wade Wall ('When a Stranger Calls').

The producers and writers this time around seem to be planning a 'homage' rather than a straight retelling of the original story: seeing events in modern day America and using the plot as a basis to comment on other issues.

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Gaeta and Rosenzweig have previous form on this kind of project. Not only did they produce the 2011 remake of 'Fright Night' , they're currently developing another remake: the 1987 Mickey Rourke-starring Alan Parker horror thriller 'Angel Heart'.

The director or release date for the new 'Jacob's Ladder' has yet to be announced.

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