David Ayer Wrote And May Direct A Commando Remake

By Sean O'Connell 2011-06-15 08:38:49discussion comments
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Arnold Schwarzenegger’s Hollywood comeback might be on the backburner for the foreseeable future, but that doesn’t mean all films bearing the Governator’s fingerprints are D.O.A. Quite the opposite, actually. Len Wiseman’s Total Recall reboot races along with Colin Farrell, Kate Beckinsale and Jessica Biel in tow. And now producer John Davis reveals that a David Ayer script for a Commando remake exists and is just waiting for “the right moment” for a studio to switch on the green light.

Davis tells Collider that they have a “really great script” from the Training Day writer, and it’s Ayers' intention to direct the film if and when it gets underway. But the producer also dances around the fact that the film, which will seek a “hard R” rating, is a traditional remake of Schwarzenegger’s muscle-bound 1985 thriller.

“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,” Davis said.

Does that mean they are going in a different direction? Will they cling to the Commando name just so broader audiences will have a past project they mentally can connect to? Because the bare-bones Commando story -- about a soldier of fortune forced to rescue his kidnapped daughter from an exiled dictator -- is simple enough that you could tell that narrative with ANY actor and not call it Commando. But no matter what happens, you need to find room for a Rae Dawn Chong cameo. And possibly Alyssa Milano.
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