There have been rumours of a remake of The Warriors for over ten years but so far nothing has seen the light of day. The rumoured remake was set to follow the plot of the 1979 movie in which a gang leader is assassinated during a truce and The Warriors, wrongly accused of the assassination, must make their way home through hostile gang territories.
Unlike the original movie, the new movie was planned to be set in modern Los Angeles and include gangs such as the Crips, Bloods, 18th Street Gang and the Vietnamese. Tony Scott was signed up to direct the movie but he unfortunately passed away on August 19th 2012 leaving the future of the movie in doubt. Before his death, Scott spoke about his vision for the movie in this interview with MTV in which he said that gangs like The Baseball Furies and Hi-Hats would not be featured. Scott has also spoken about his reasoning for moving the movie to Los Angeles by citing that it is more of a “horizontal city” than New York making it better suited to the movie. Scott had a vision for a hundred thousand gang members to be in the film and had been out and about promoting the film to real gangs in the city.
The remake was said to heighten the reality of the original film for contemporary audiences. Terence Winter, a writer and executive producer of The Sopranos, was drafted in to write the remake of the 1979 street-gang classic that Tony Scott was directing for MTV Films and Scott Free Productions. The movie was scheduled to be distributed by Paramount Pictures. David Gale was producing with Scott, while MTV Films’ Van Toffler was executive producing with Skip Chaisson.
With the death of Tony Scott, there has been no news on the future of The Warriors remake and it now appears that the project has been shelved.
UPDATE: 25th July 2015 – Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor who Directed The Crank films are in talks to remake The Warriors. More here.