Is ‘Jacob’s Ladder’ Being Remade Or Am I Hallucinationing?

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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.

  • Darkness69

    I don’t know what to think of all these remakes anymore, all I know is that this is an absolute masterpiece and that they better not screw it up. In the end, the original will still be better. On a side note – hallucinationing, nice one, lol.

  • Golic

    I see every sequel, prequel, remake, and reboot as an opportunity to do great things…sadly,it’s usually a missed opportunity. regardless of how this will turn out, I will always have the original.

  • huntermc

    I liked the original, but I didn’t care for the twist ending. I felt it invalidated everything that came before it.

  • Krug09

    First of all didnt this film (although one of my favorite films and a great thriller horror) flop hard? No one will see this movie. Plus this movie has pretty much become the formula to make a “creepy” horror game/movie so this movie (i have a gut feeling) will be totally uninspired and run of the mill… As for Angel Heart, i am looking forward to that more because i think voodoo is very interesting but still mostly the same thing as JL situation but it would probably be a more entertaining uninspired remake. plus another film with a cult following but flopped in theaters. Both will flop like Fright Night did.

  • divisionbell

    Interesting. The original is excellent, but now that we all know the ending the remake already loses its impact.

  • Necrogeddon666

    At this point there is no choice but to except that there isn’t a single goddamn fucking property that won’t be remade eventually. It’s lazy and a shame. I miss originality.

  • cupcake666

    You know what I’m sick of? The knee jerk whining about remakes.

    If you think the original Jacob’s Ladder was so “original” then I suggest you read “An Occurance at Owl Creek Bridge” by Ambrose Bierce (published in 1890!) or take a peek at the Twilight Zone episode called “The Hitchhiker”.

    Yes, the film with Tim Robbins is a cult classic but it’s not a masterpiece. There are long boring stretches and it all ends on a twist you might find in any student film.

    Say what you want about the dependence studios have on pre-existing intellectual property but when you stop and think about it for a moment this story is more timely now than when it came out in 1990 (15 years after the Vietnam war).

    We’re the heels of the longest war in American history, with thousands of soldiers battling severe depression, PTSD, TBI and the highest suicide rate in our nations history for Vets.

    Seems to me, this is the perfect time for another JL…

    • EvilDead-Deuce

      Simpsons did it.

      I strongly agree with your last statement

      “We’re the heels of the longest war in American history, with thousands of soldiers battling severe depression, PTSD, TBI and the highest suicide rate in our nations history for Vets.”

  • undertaker78

    I fully support remakes but will not be seeing this because I didn’t like Jacob’s Ladder. I feel it’s one of the most overrated films out there and ultimately nothing worth revisiting.

  • neddyflanders

    They already remade Jacobs Ladder, it was called the Sixth Sense. Guy steals everything he watches.