It seems like every week we hear about a completely unexpected remake, reboot, or reimagining coming out of Hollywood, and LD Entertainment’s take on the 1990 thriller Jacob’s Ladder was certainly one that fit into that category. This project has been gestating for a while now but, word is, it’s now a couple of steps closer to getting underway.
According to Deadline, director David M. Rosenthal and actor Michael Ealy have both signed on for the film, giving the film two important pieces to its puzzle. The pair previously worked together on the 2015 thriller The Perfect Guy and, while that film underwhelmed many critics, it did manage to haul in $60 million at the box office against a production budget of just $12 million.
That said, as far as movie studios are concerned, these two have already shown that they can make this sort of film work.
Courtesy of IMDb, here’s the synopsis of the source material, which featured a star-studded cast headlined by Tim Robbins (The Shawshank Redemption), Danny Aiello (Do the Right Thing), and Jason Alexander (Seinfeld):
“Mourning his dead child, a haunted Vietnam war veteran attempts to discover his past while suffering from a severe case of dissociation. To do so, he must decipher reality and life from his own dreams, delusion, and perception of death.”
The upcoming film has been referred to as both a reboot and a reimagining, but all we know of the plot so far is that this is billed as a modern-day thriller that centers on two brothers. Principal photography is set to begin in May, but the film has yet to set a release date.
We’ll keep you updated as information becomes available but it looks like fans of the mind-bending original will soon get — at least — a spiritual successor to the cult hit.