‘Cliffhanger’ Reboot in the Works, Screenwriter Attached

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Cliffhanger Reboot in the Works Cliffhanger Reboot in the Works, Screenwriter Attached

Cliffhanger – the 1993 action/mountain-climbing film directed by Renny Harlin and starring Sylvester Stallone – was easily one of the more successful Die Hard-esque films ever made (in this case, Die Hard on a mountain). It was generally well-received and made over four times its budget at the box office.

But it was also a fairly self-contained film. After all, it’s one thing to have a reckless cop like John McClane constantly getting into international incidents involving terrorists or thieves posing as terrorists, but how does one contrive such a sequel featuring a guy who rock climbs for a living? And while a reboot has been in the works for quite some time, we haven’t heard much about it since 2009.

That is, until now. According to Deadline, the reboot – or, in their words, “reimagining” – is finally moving forward from producer Neal Moritz (the Fast & Furious franchise). Joe Gazzam has been hired to write the script. He was apparently one of many writers who pitched a Cliffhanger reimagining, and his was the one that got Moritz’ attention.

Interestingly, Gazzam was previously hired to write an early draft of another film produced by Moritz, 21 Jump Street, before Jonah Hill took it in a different (probably more comedic) direction. Unfortunately, he hasn’t written anything that’s made it into production, so there’s no telling what kind of Cliffhanger reboot/reimagining/remake we can expect.

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Speaking of – can a film like this, which was really just a standalone story that was never sequelized or franchised or anything-ized, actually be rebooted? Remade, sure, that’s something that makes a certain amount of sense, even if it’ll annoy a great many people who loved the original.

But wouldn’t a reboot of Cliffhanger look pretty much the same as a remake? This isn’t like James Bond where you can take the character back to his roots. The point of the original film is that Gabriel Walker (Stallone) is basically a regular guy with excellent rock climbing skills who inadvertently gets caught up in a dangerous situation involving heavily-armed killers.

If that’s more or less what this new Cliffhanger will look like, then I think we can just go ahead and call it a remake – regardless of what the PR people end up calling it.

What say you, Screen Ranters? Are you interested in seeing Cliffhanger remade, rebooted, reimagined, or otherwise brought back to the big screen? Drop us a line in the comments.


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  1. Really? Why? Go and watch the original. It still exist, all the DVD copies haven’t magically dissolved. This is getting ridiculous.

  2. I agree with this doesn’t need a reboot or “reimagine” just make a movie that can be compared to it and simply call it something else there was one just like this one with chris o’donnel was actually descent

    • Totally agree. Vertical Limit was the Chris O’Donell flick.

  3. Jesus. Just on the front page there are 6 articles involving remakes and reboots! Six! Is this what the movies have come to? TV is kicking cinemas ass.

  4. Nooooooooooooooooooooooooooo!

    • Id happily go and see the original on the big screen as I was too young when it was released, but a remake/reboot…..no thank you!
      John Lithgows character is one of my all time favorite villains.
      ‘Kill a few people they call you a murderer. Kill a million and your a conqueror. Go figure!’ Haha, love it!

  5. Seen this on TV the other day… guess I was not the only one :\

  6. My first thought was to ask why.

    I had no idea it was successful though. I thought the movie was a dud myself but I also thought it bombed at the box office.

    Live and learn.

  7. F U C K this S H I T, reboots everywhere.

  8. I enjoyed Cliffhanger. I got to see it on the big screen when I was eighteen the day it was released. I even own it on DVD. Instead of remaking it, why no re-release it in IMAX? That would make more sense. I’m glad to see people agree that this is a bad idea.

    • They’re re-releasing The Wizard Of Oz in IMAX 3D this September in the UK for one week only so yeah, don’t see why they can’t do it for other films too.

      I swear to god, if they try and remake Tango & Cash, I’m gonna lose it. They already ruined Robocop with a pointless remake.

  9. What next? Leave it alone. Cliffhanger was and is an excellent standalone flik, I first saw this in the cinema when it came out and have seen it, probably about 250 times since then on video and dvd. A bit more originality would be appreciated, Hollywood!

    • “What next?”

      Maybe the ultimate blasphemy, a remake of Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.

      • or the Breakfast Club… (shudders)

  10. Jim Carrey did it best!

  11. No! NOOO! Why they continue to go after our childhood? Come with some new ideas for crying out loud.

  12. Reboot, remake, reimagine, regurgitate.

    They must be truly desperate if they’ve gotten to Cliffhanger.

  13. You get a reboot! And you get a reboot! And you get a reboot!

    Everyone get a reboot!

  14. I never saw Stallone’s Cliffhanger in theaters because I was too young so id see that in theaters but NOT a remake/reboot. Cliffhanger was a great standalone film of few I really enjoyed.

  15. yea these remakes and reboots are getting ridiculous…i mean im starting to feel like these writers and producers are running out of fresh ideas and stories to where there having to go back and find a successful film of the 80s and 90s, change the story a tiny bit and they think there geniouses…maybe hollywood needs needs to reboot some of there writers and get fresh talent in there who have tons of ideas, instead of these writers who have been around for decades who cant come up with any new material.

    • True, imagine if they tried that kind of regurgitation with a franchise like say Star Trek. The fans would not be too happy.

      • well star trek isnt really a good example cuz it just got rebooted a few years ago with the sequel having comin out just a year ago and it tuned out to be highly successful…but think of like a Darkman or Demolition Man, Time Cop, Speed, Death Wish…movies like that that have a good enough story to have a reboot but we love these classics soo much that its too hard to remake these and make them successful

        • Jesus! Shut up! That’s five ideas you just gave out!

  16. Didn’t the original end on a cliffhanger?

    I’m sure the next movie will have him wake up to his world being transmuted into a sewer world.

    So Sayeth Lord Slug!

  17. Hollywood Producer – “Any ideas for a new film that will make money where we do as little creative work as possible”

    Hollywood executive – “I’ll look though my 80’s/early 90’s VHS collection”

    Hollywood Producer – “What a good idea, people were stupid and wasted money in the 80’s lets rekindle their childhood memories”

    Hollywood Executive = “Remember, NONE of these movies will be as good in any way as the originals”

    Hollywood Producer – “We dont care, lets just get these idiots money”

  18. It must be really easy to make money with movies, there’s no other reason why anyone should consider making a remake of this… and many others. What’s that reimagining stuff? Cliffhanger under water? Die Hard: The Musical?, Commando: back to Highschool?, A Tango & Cash / Twilight crossover?, Sister Act: Kickboxing?…

  19. Keep in mind that I am the guy who brought you all your favorite remakes, like: Transformers, TMNT, Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Amittyville Horror, and Friday the 13th. Imagine a remake of “Over the Top” directed by me… Lets make it happen.

    • transformers wasnt a remake, and the remakes of texas chainsaw massacre, amittyville horror and friday the 13th didnt lead to any franchises though, granted i thought they were decent films…i mnea after the texas chainsaw massacre remake, there was a prequel to that remake, there hasnt been a sequel to the newer nightamre on elm street and there looking to redo another amityville horror movie…i just think remakes are hit or miss and if i was a producer or director i would shy away from them but im the type of person who likes to do my own things

      • First off, no one said anything they never qualified if they did not become franchises.

        Second, Transformers WAS a remake. It was a cartoon, then it got remade into live action and another cartoon.

        Third, reading everything in your statement hurt my eyes.

      • Umm, Texas Chainsaw Massacre has spawned a sequel. Amityville has a sequel in the works for next year, and there is talk of both a found footage sequel to Friday and a TV show. I think these qualify as franchises. Don’t get me wrong IMHO they are all just terrible, but that’s what you get when you flog a dead horse.

  20. Channing Tatum

  21. Yup, Channing Tatum.

    You know what I wouldn’t be mad about it they rebooted and started a franchise off of? Demolition Man. I think there’s so much more that could be done with a cop who wakes up in the future after being in cryo-prison. They don’t have to do anything remotely similar to the story and villain of the original, just use the theme and setting with fancy new cgi or whatever.

    3-Demolition Man, followed by Demolition Men….kekekeke.

    • Send a maniac to catch a maniac.

      Wouldn’t mind it, actually. Original was good but had that cheese factor.

  22. Ladies and Gentlemen, I think this movie is the first victim of the 90’s. Oops, I forgot Stargate. O well, Hollywood has just caught the 90’s Fever. Why am I not surprised? It won’t be Long before Memento is Remade…

  23. Possibly I might watch a remake of this, but also possibly not. I could think of many more stories and books I would rather see given their first shot at a movie rather than reboot something already done that does not really scream for a do-over.

  24. omg!! so now we’re on classic 90s action remakes now?

    It will stop one day – I’m sure it will stop one day.


  26. This just proves that Hollywood is out of ideas and rehashing the old ones.

    If this ever gets made I will never watch it. This is just getting ridiculous.

  28. I was just watching my Cliffhanger blu-ray the other night and it still holds up really well. It’s Renny Harlin’s only good movie, yes Die Hard 2 sucks hard and The Long Kiss Goodnight hasn’t aged well, and it’s because it was all shot on location. Sure there are a couple scenes you can tell were sets but for the most part it feels like you’re on the mountain with these guys. It doesn’t hurt that it has one of the best scores ever by Trevor Jones. There is absolutely no reason to remake this movie.

  29. I never watched the first freakin’ movie, why would I want to watch a remake???