There has been talk of a Warriors remake for years now but it looks like a remake, or adaptation, is now on the cards as a one hour pilot is being developed for Hulu as a Paramount Television Production. As reported by Deadline, the project will be helmed by Anthony and Joe Russo (who directed the last two Captain America movies) and penned by Frank Baldwin. Lawrence Gordon, who produced the original movie, will act as an Executive Producer. Score!
There are no details on what this adaptation will look like, who will star in it, when or where it will be set or when it will be released, though the Russo Brothers have said it will honour the original movie “while adding its own unique brand of grit, pulp, sex and violence” according to the article in Deadline.
Already I can see that fans of the original movie are split between those who are looking forward to seeing what the Russo Brothers can create and those who feel the original movie should be left alone. My personal opinion is that I can’t wait to see what the Russo Brothers have in store as I am always on the look out for new material related to The Warriors. The way I see it, no matter how it turns out, The Warriors will remain an iconic film and one which I will keep going back to… obviously! If anything, this will highlight the original movie to a new audience who will discover it for the first time which is great.
I would very much like to see the adaptation set in 70s/80s New York rather than the modern day as I think this is the only way in which you can get the maximum grit factor of the city. If the TV adaptation follows the novel more closely, as has been mooted, then I think that would be very interesting as I enjoyed reading it very much even if it is quite different from the movie. A huge part of the charm of The Warriors is that the gang members are very likeable and people can relate to them. However, the characters are actually quite nasty in the novel (I won’t spoil anything here in case you haven’t read the book), and it concerns me that if the new gang are made out like the gang from the novel, people might not like them, or the adaptation, so much. However it’s horses for courses and some may prefer to see a meaner gang of misfits!
What this news also shows me is that The Warriors is currently front of mind at Paramount and so I hope this might stimulate some interest and love for the movie from them in the form of a steelbook Blu-ray release, a possible 4K UHD release, and perhaps something special for the upcoming 40th anniversary in a few years time. I am still hopeful that Rockstar will also remaster the video game, as it has done with some of its other games, and release that soon as well.
There’ll be a lot of news to report for sure over the coming months so stay tuned Boppers!