It was only a matter of time until we climbed Jacob’s Ladder again.
Mickey Liddell’s LD Entertainment (Black Rock, The Collection) is financing a remake of the 1990 movie that starred Tim Robbins which will be produced by Michael Gaeta and Alison Rosenzweig (who also produced the remake of Fright Night and is also developing a remake of the 1987 Mickey Rourke-Lisa Bonet thriller Angel Heart). Liddell is also producing with the company’s Jennifer Monroe.
Jeff Buhler, who wrote the Clive Barker adaptation The Midnight Meat Train, is penning a script building upon an earlier draft by Jake Wade Wall, the scribe behind the 2006 remake of When a Stranger Calls and the 2007 Hitcher.
The original Ladder, written by Bruce Joel Rubin and directed by Adrian Lyne, ostensibly told of a Vietnam vet who suffers increasingly bizarre hallucinations and attempts to discover the truth behind them. The movie, which has a twist ending, was made by Carolco and achieved cult hit status.
The producers are looking to make something more akin to an homage and not mimic the original. The plan is to contemporize the story with new situations and characters but still maintain a story that examines issues and poses existential questions.