‘Jacob’s Ladder’ Remake in the Works; Script from ‘Midnight Meat Train’ Writer

Published 1 year ago by , Updated March 20th, 2014 at 1:30 pm,

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When it comes to remakes, no movie is sacred, and this seems to be especially true of horror movies. Classic haunted house movie Poltergeist is on the remake agenda, as is American Psycho, and the new version of Carrie is set to arrive in theaters later this year. There are countless other horror movie remakes currently stewing in development, and now it seems that the strange and frightening 1990 film Jacob’s Ladder will bet he next to join them.

The original film, which was written by Bruce Joel Rubin and directed by Adrian Lyne, is about a Vietnam war veteran called Jacob (played by Tim Robbins) who returns from the war and is plagued by violent, extended hallucinations of monsters and demons in the city around him. Convinced that his visions are the result of more than just a bad case of PTSD, Jacob seeks out his old platoon-mates and tries to get to the bottom of what is driving him insane, only to find himself running up against walls of silence and confusion every way he turns.

THR reports that LD Entertainment, the production company behind recent horror movies such as Black Rock and The Collection, is financing a remake of Jacob’s Ladder, with screenwriter Jeff Buhler being brought onboard to write a new script based on an earlier draft by Jake Wade Wall (A Stranger Calls). Buhler is currently best known for adapting Clive Barker’s 1984 short story “The Midnight Meat Train” into a script, the film of which starred Vinnie Jones and Bradley Cooper. The Midnight Meat Train is heavy on gore, though pretty light on genuine scares, and is a fairly watchable horror movie despite its flaws.

Tim Robbins in Jacobs Ladder Jacobs Ladder Remake in the Works; Script from Midnight Meat Train Writer

Jacob’s Ladder is a classic of 90s horror, and is genuinely horrifying stuff with some iconic scary scenes. It also hasn’t aged badly at all; the script may have been ten years old by the time it was finally produced, but the film in no way looks dated and contains some impressive camera tricks and special effects.

It seems as though the producers of the remake feel the same way, as they apparently do not intend to tell the same story again, but will instead “pay homage” to Lyne’s film and “contemporize the story with new situations and characters” whilst still exploring similar existentialist themes. With that in mind, it’s difficult to see why they would call it a remake at all, rather than just going with an original title and set-up, but given that Jacob’s Ladder has grown a great deal in both popularity and acclaim from its humble indie roots, perhaps it’s understandable that LD Entertainment would want to maintain an explicit connection.

Like the idea of a modernized Jacob’s Ladder, or do you think there are some films that should just be left alone?

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Source: THR

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  1. Why not make it a sort of sequel or spin-off then?

  2. I actually enjoyed MIDNIGHT MEAT TRAIN for what it was, though I did not like the reveal at the end. I would’ve much rather discover that the bodies were being delivered to a 5 star restaurant, fed to the unknowing social elite. The last shot being Brooke Shield’s character taking a bite of a juicy Bradley Cooper steak…

  3. This movie SO doesn’t need a remake…

  4. “Jacob’s Ladder” doesn’t require a sequel. It ends in a way that makes any talk of a sequel moot.

    Retelling it? Differently? It’s a great little film, not really a horror movie in my opinion, but it’s one of those films that is basically a giant set-up for its twist ending.

    Doing a remake of this is like doing a remake of “The Sixth Sense”.

  5. Why?? Can’t Hollywood think of something original

    • Exactly. There is so little originality left in Hollywood it is pathetic. Sequels, remakes, vanity projects. It is all headed for a collapse. Maybe then we’ll start to get more quality.

    • I’ve said that also, but when you come down to it so much seems a knock off from other stories even when it is supposed to be new. Stories and music have such a massive amount of creations that is pretty tough to come up with something totally original in either art form any more. I guess that’s why they keep trying to put a different interpretation on earlier versions

  6. If it’s as good as the original, I’ll watch it. Tim Robbin’s should have a cameo at least though, he’s awesome!

    • What’s he up to, anyway? The last time I saw him in his tiny role in Green Lantern.

  7. Did anyone else s*** their pants once they “American psycho”? Really???!!!!

    • Yep me. Thought it was bloody horrific when I first saw it and still thought it was mentally scarring a few years later when I tried to watch it again.

  8. One word, why? Also, what the f? It won’t make money, so what’s the point? The original is the original, sequels always get lost in time. Do something original.

  9. If it’s as good as the original, I’ll watch it. Tim Robbin’s should have a cameo at least though, he’s awesome!

  10. Jacob’s Ladder does not look that good (original or remake). Before any more talk about it occurs, think I’ll just take the elevator….!

  11. Exactly. There is so little originality left in Hollywood it is pathetic. Sequels, remakes, vanity projects. It is all headed for a collapse. Maybe then we’ll start to get more quality.

  12. “You concerned yourself so much with whether or not you could, and never bothered asking if you should”

    • Hackdom always finds a way.

  13. Just like the Point Break proposed remake, it is simply a futile exercise. It wouldn’t come anywhere close to matching, bleakness, dark, horrifying nature of the original.

    It is a quite brilliant movie, with a ‘twist’ ending that for once is at one with the whole story and proves to be both a poignant and sad final scene. The scene before it when he walks up the stairs with his son is just as stunning.

    The remake will just be a b-grade quality standard full of shaky cam and shocks every 5 mins with music blaring out in every scene.

    The day will come when hollywood runs out of films to remake and they’ll be forced to come up with some original concepts.

    • I think they could be remaking films so badly that they have an excuse to remake them again

  14. i figured i was dead in the end sucks

  15. insane – i thought show girls would have been redone by now.

  16. That one picture looks like a granny with a hoivee on her head, or a nun, pulling something out of her nose with a giant set of forceps. Not watching a film about that!

  17. WTF?? Why remake this, it’s a really good movie and the ending makes it but once you know the ending there’s really no point watching it again

  18. I was truly disturbed watching the film when it came out on cable (I was 16 at the time). It messed with my head and I enjoyed it. Not many films have done that over the years.

    So, count me a one of the skeptics when they talk about paying homage to Jacob’s Ladder by remaking it. Just sounds unnecessary and it’s probably a bad idea, but I guess we’ll see.