As the producer and creator of The Bootleg Universe, Shankar has taken to YouTube to reimagine franchises that go against the traditional Hollywood reboot. Most notably in the Bootleg Universe is Dirty Laundry, a short film based on The Punisher and even brought Tom Jane who played the comic book character in 2004’s The Punisher. Shankar is expanding his universe with his pitch show, where he brings notable filmmakers to pitch their dream reboot.
In episode 2, Shankar brought on John Hyams, director of Regeneration and Day of Reckoning in the Universal Solider series. The director decides to keep the future New York City setting run by gangs, in the vein of A Clockwork Orange. Hyams envisions the reboot as the “most brutal, intense, fight movie reality we can.”
By taking inspiration from movies like A Clockwork Orange and The Raid, Hyams’s rebooted view of The Warriors aims to be an above ground, action-heavy movie, compared to its predecessor. The director maintains to keep the multi-cultural aspect and the same gangs of the original (albeit with a different look), but veers into a different direction that would borrow video game logic from “one level to the next” with The Warriors venturing from Bronx to Coney Island.
While Hyams’s pitch was quite compelling, Shankar has not been too diverse with his picks of pitches for the first two episodes, as the previous episode also included a Warriors reboot pitch by Tangerine director Sean Baker. Although using The Warriors twice in a row seems a bit redundant, Shankar confirms the first season won’t just be pitches for rebooting the classic cult film. On his Facebook page, Shankar confirms that they will be switching it up next episode with an original Batman story, unrelated to current Batfleck version.
While Shankar is the face of The Bootleg Universe, it appears that the producer is dedicated to making his new show about the filmmakers and their pitches. Letting Hyams talk for nearly 25 minutes is refreshing to see and it’s clear that this won’t be a talk show, as Shankar only appears in the beginning of the video to introduce Hyams. By letting filmmakers take control of his show, viewers will not only get to hear great pitches, but watch the creative process of some of the most interesting filmmakers today.
Stay tuned for more episodes of the Bootleg Universe Pitch Show. a