The ‘Outland’ Will Be Revisited

Published 6 years ago by , Updated February 10th, 2012 at 8:18 am,

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Grit. Long days in a mine. A sense of somehow restrained lawlessness. A rash of violent deaths. A Marshal taking a stand after finding out that “the company” is responsible for the killings.

It sounds like the makings of a perfect south-Atlantic murder mystery, but it’s actually the outline for a 1981, outer-space-based epic starring Sean Connery (see pic above) that’s about to have new life breathed into it.

Outland offered a great slice of science-fiction wrapped in what (in the future) is supposed to be mundane life on one of the many moons of Jupiter in a “backwater town” but in this case – it was literally out of this world entertainment.

Warner Bros. has green-lit a new incarnation (read: remake) of Outland that intends to present the feature as something much larger than was ever originally planned. This time, the backdrop will be an entire city that orbits the moon. The same kind of conspiracy is revealed and once again, a lone-wolf warrior reaches a forked road in his life: The path to retirement and eye-covering neglect, or standing tall, gathering his own rag-tag army to help make a difference.

I remember Outland, not only because it was a decidedly tasty helping of dark common-space-life gone afoul, but because of the special effects showcased. Where else could you find the potential for exploding heads inside of spacesuits? There’s a BIG difference between someone maybe being shot by a bad guy, and someone ending up a layer of plasma-based icing on the inside of a space suit. Outland brought that horror to life perfectly and we can hope this new offering will feature something at least as satisfying.

The buzz is solid; the potential for outstanding CGI and a good cast lights all the right bulbs; and Michael Davis – a former storyboard artist turned director – previously helmed Shoot ‘em Up, a feature with a decidedly different and welcome flavor of its own.

What do YOU think? Does Outland warrant this attention and a remake? Can we make something more of what was a Sean-Connery-piloted science fiction sleeper classic?

Discuss below.

Source: The Hollywood Reporter

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  1. I loved Outland. One of those handful of great gritty peter hyams Sci-Fi films that had the look of the original Alien film sets and atmosphere. Space was dirty and gritty in those films. Not sure about a remake but the premise of the original, High Noon is space was quite good. Not sure who if anyone could play the Connery role. Saw Clive Owne at another site, I suppose he would be ok

  2. As long as Peter Hyams isn’t allowed anywhere near it, it should be okay.

  3. well you need someone on the supposed down side, i.e. a nice grizzled old action star to take this one, so I would suggest someone like Liam Neeson, Harrison Ford, or perhaps Danny Glover, since they are most definately a bit longer in the tooth than they used to be. It all comes down to the casting, because the story is strong enough on it’s own as long as they can adhere to the basics (not something that Hollywood is always good at tho). Just like the original High Noon, Gary Cooper was iconic, Grace Kelly was equally appealing as the woman who understands, but doesn’t, if you get my drift. Outland had Frances Sternhagen who did a fine job in Outland, as did the late Peter Boyle, although no disrespect to the actors cast, the wife and son were certainly disposable. Charlie Sikking had a nice turn as the corrupt Deputy. Maybe if you’re looking for a baddie to cast, you can scrounge up Willem Dafoe perhaps.

  4. I would rather see someone like Willem Dafoe play the protagonist and someone charismatic like Liam Neeson or Harrison Ford play the villain… Although I haven’t seen the original so I don’t know if there would be a conflict there or what…

  5. It’s a terrible shame Jerry Goldsmith has passed away. One of the truly remarkable things about the original Outland film was Goldsmith’s absolutely fantastic score.

    I’d have a lot of trouble imagining a remake of this film without that gorgeous music.

  6. Loved Outland for how downbeat and grim it was, and the suspicion, for good reason. Felt like a darker High Noon, as well as a scifi version.

    Not sure another version is needed, but could be cool.

  7. Thanks everyone for your comments!

    Soundtack? Hmm, yet another dandy sample that totally passed me by without notice from a TRUE soundtrack pro. Thanks for the note and I’ll snatch that up this weekend!

    I agree completely with having a “longer in the tooth” somebody to take this one in. I don’t know I’d take the people you have there but I agree completely that it needs to be someone older. I’ve just finished up JERICHO, season 1 with my wife in some on and off marathoning of that DVD set, and WOW: Gerald McRaney, anyone? I REALLY like the character they’ve made there and – couldn’t you see him here? Perhaps too geriatric, but he’s got moxy for sure.

    Keep the comments coming and again my thanks for pushing them through!

  8. Total sidetrack but back to soundtrack, did you know that veteran Alan Silvestri was the man behind (drumroll) the ne GI Joe film? Stunner!