The Warriors, released in 1979, was an offbeat film that quickly emerged as a cult classic. Directed by Walter Hill, and based on a novel by Sol Yurick which was itself loosely based on Xenophon’s Anabasis, the film told the story of a group of rival gangs in 1970s New York City, with the title gang, The Warriors, having to fight their way home against such colorful criminal outfits as the Baseball Furies, the Gramercy Riffs, the Turnbull ACs and The Punks.
Very much a product of the violent and dangerous reputation of New York in the late ‘70s, the film also contributed the memorable chant, “Warriors… come out to plaaay…” The film has spawned multiple video games, the late director Tony Scott was trying to put together a remake in 2005, and the idea has gotten the Bootleg Universe treatment as well. Now, it looks like we’re getting another crack at The Warriors, this time as a TV series.
Filmmaking duo Anthony and Joe Russo are developing The Warriors as an hourlong drama TV series, along with Paramount and Hulu. According to Deadline, the Russo brothers will collaborate with writer Frank Baldwin in order to create a series that “will honor the original film while adding its own unique brand of grit, pulp, sex and violence.”
The Russos are best known for directing the highly regarded Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Captain America: Civil War, and have also been tapped to direct the two upcoming Avengers: Infinity War movies. The two also have quite an accomplished and eclectic pedigree in television, having directed numerous episodes of such series as Arrested Development and Community. The Russos have several other projects on their plate, including a Thomas Crown Affair remake and at least two other ideas in development, so how quickly the Warriors project will get off the ground, and how closely involved the Russos will be, is unclear.
Assuming the new show is set in the present day, the biggest challenge for the project is that the New York City today is a very different place, and while crime in the Big Apple is certainly not a thing of the past, the overall lawlessness that was a theme of the 1979 original is clearly of a time and place that isn’t that of today. There also isn’t much realism, in 2015, of marauding gangs with silly names wreaking havoc throughout the Five Boroughs.
Then again, the sheer number of characters and gangs would certainly provide enough material for multiple episodes and seasons of a TV series. And Russos are clearly at the height of their powers right now, and can be trusted with such a beloved property.
It’s not clear when the new Warriors series might appear, but stay with Screen Rant for more information as the project develops.