Arnold Schwarzenegger's Commando Gets the Reboot
05.01.10 by BJSprecher
Yet another '80s movie originally starring bodybuilder-turned-actor-turned-Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger will be getting a makeover and heading back to the big screen. First, there was McG's Terminator Salvation, which also featured a cameo, albeit digital, of Schwarzenegger as the Terminator. Then, producer Robert Rodriguez and director Nimród Antal decided to go back to the original Schwarzenegger-led Predator for inspiration for their Predators movie, which is due out this summer. And currently, Marcus Nispel is directing an as-yet-untitled reboot of Schwarzenegger's break-out movie, Conan the Barbarian. Now, the "Governator's" 1985 kill-em-all classic, Commando, will be updated for a modern audience.
According to Deadline, David Ayer (Harsh Times, Street Kings) will write and direct a reboot of Commando for 20th Century Fox. Ayer will apparently keep the original premise of a retired special forces operative whose daughter is kidnapped in an attempt to force him to commit an assassination, but update it with a "less brawny" protagonist "more skilled in covert tactics and weaponry." This mirrors Fox's other Schwarzenegger reboot, Predators, in which meaty actors like Jesse Ventura and Carl Weathers have been replaced by actors with more natural physiques like Topher Grace and Adrien Brody. Erwin Stoff (The Blind Side) and John Davis (David Copperfield) will produce. No mention of casting or projected start date accompanied the announcement.