‘Commando’ Script Finished; Reboot Is Hard-R Rated

Published 4 years ago by , Updated August 13th, 2013 at 11:17 am,

Last year brought word that FOX was doing a remake/reboot of the classic Arnold Schwarzenegger action flick, Commando. Since then the project has been overshadowed by news of Schwarzenegger’s acting  comeback (and scandalous re-retirement), but today we have an update to share.

In speaking with Collider, producer John Davis (Mr. Popper’s Penguins) touched briefly on where Commando is in development and what kind of approach is being taken with the film.

The quick version is that screenwriter/ex-Navy man David Ayer (Training Day, U-571, S.W.A.T.) has completed a script and that the film will retain a hard-R tone. Supposedly the script Ayer’s came up with is also pretty good, as Davis told Collider:

We have a really great script.  You know, I don’t know if it really makes sense to call it Commando.  Maybe it does or maybe doesn’t.  It is the reboot of it and all of that stuff.  It is David Ayer, who did Training Day.  He wrote it and wants to direct it.  It is there and it is a brilliant script.  It is just waiting for the right moment for the studio to want to make it and finding the right actor…Right now the script this is written is a hard R.

It’s good to hear Davis acknowledge this continuing issue with what seems to be a bad trend in the film industry – remakes and reboots that don’t necessarily deserve to carry the titles of the original film. Changing everything about Schwarzenegger’s Commando and still calling it “Commando” (with the invisible asterisk of “reboot” or “remake” following) isn’t something fans will necessarily go for. That trend is kind of wearing itself out.

Then again, any movie about a soldier or ex-soldier out for justice/vengeance/survival could conceivably carry a title as generic as “Commando.” Maybe they’ll really change things up and add the word “The” in there? But I digress…

With Schwarzenegger busy trying to get his personal life in order right now (and ergo not getting involved with this project), there is little to get excited about in regards to this Commando “rebake” (reboot + remake = rebake). Still, we’ll keep you posted about whether or not Ayer ends up directing (Street Kings wasn’t the worst movie ever…) and who might star in the iconic Schwarzenegger role.

Source: Collider

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  1. Commando, really? I guess it was only a matter of time.

  2. commando is the most quotable movie of all time

    “no, Eff YOU a-hole”
    “I eat green berets for breakfast”
    “I LIED”

    if they take out any of these quotes, this movie is terrible

  3. Can’t they just call it something else? I mean, I’m sure there are a million titles out there that they can pull from.

    A good movie is a good movie. Commando doesn’t need a remake/reboot.

    Just make a good movie on its own merits. The dude who wrote Training Day … seems like you’re halfway there.

  4. I can see Dwayne Johnson in the role.

  5. Dwayne Johnson has too much acting chops for the role. They should put in Stone Cold Steve Austin to keep things simple.

  6. The original was a huge stink bomb that had a lot of numbness between action scenes. The premis was good, but the script and direction was bad. It had its moments, but far and few between. So if they can get a good script and good performers then this might be a remake worth doing and watching.

    • Then you completely missed the intent of the first movie.

      It wasn’t trying to be Schindler’s List… it was trying for pure cheese. It’s considered by most to be the pinnacle of the 80′s era of pre-teen testosterone-fueled silliness.

  7. The original was an absolute masterpiece of 80s cheese. Remaking it is a waste of time. Everything appealing about the original would be non-existent in the remake.

  8. Commando with a Hard “R” rating is something I would reccomend and I was a fan of the original movie and even saw it in the theaters originally. You do realize that the original carried the same rating it, but most people are used to the edited version they like to show on AMC and Spike TV.

  9. “(reboot + remake = rebake)” I love it!

  10. Somewhere, somehow, someone’s going to pay…

    Love Commando!!

    They should hire Liam Neeson to play the John Matrix role and rename the script “Taken 2″

  11. Orignal commando was such a great movie. I really want this to happen. Even if I do hate ‘rebakes’ this one just gets me really excited for some reason.

  12. This is one of my favorite films of Schwarzengger’s that i hate to see be remade. Good luck to the filmakers as i don’t intend to see it just as i don’t intend to see Total Recall remake.

    • I would see Total Recall (On HBO or Showtime), but that’s one that really doesn’t need a remake because the original was pretty odd just as it was. There’s plenty of underachievers like Cammando to remake that they could leave the movies done well the first time around alone.

    • agreed there, total recall remake was terrible… hated every min of it… why ruin such original master piece??? Im surprised they havnt remade Jaws after all these years…

  13. The original Commando is a classic, they shouldn’t remake it.

    Hollywood are running out of ideas that they don’t even notice that there are lots of video games that can be turn into movies such as Halo, Metal Gear Solid, Call Of Duty etc.

    But still at least the remake is a R rated movie.

    I hope David Ayer directs the remake well for this gerenation.

  14. hmmm another remake… i say just clean up original commando with the mistakes, if it does go ahead i reckon the “rock” should play John Matrix… But personally, i say no… too many remakes and they turned out to be rubbish.. Too many remakes on the list… would Hollywood prefer if I wrote a story to help you out a bit??? I just think a remake will be a bad idea.. but if the director had to like spielberg doing indiana jones 4 then i would say Dwayne Johnson “the rock” would be my first ideal choice to play John Matrix.. saying that you dont have to have a muscle mania to play a commando.. Liam Neeson in taken for instance, bit over the top but got away with it :)

  15. Liam Neeson blows. The only one I could see being the logical choice, that has the ‘star quality’ is Dwayne ‘The Toothfairy’ Johnson. But even then, I’d have reservations about casting him in this role. Personally, I wouldn’t remake ‘Commando’. It’s a great film as is. Even with the cracking dialogue – “silent and smooth. just like always.”