Cliffhanger reboot lands new writer

News Simon Brew 30 May 2014 - 06:37

Sylvester Stallone and Renny Harlin's Cliffhanger is still getting a reboot, and a new writer has been found...

Ah, we thought this one had died a death. It's been three or four years since news first landed that a reboot of Cliffhanger was on the way. The original 1993 movie proved to be a comeback hit for Sylvester Stallone, with Renny Harlin directing, and for a while there were plans for a sequel to it.

Those plans never materialised, and back in 2009 producer Neal Moritz - the founder of the firm Original Film, overseeing remakes of Total Recall and 21 Jump Street - was said to be overseeing a reboot instead. That reboot would focus on younger climbers going up big mountains.

Now we learn that Joe Gazzam has been hired to pen the screenplay to the new Cliffhanger, which suggests to us that it's an active project again. Gazzam has also penned a film called Shadow Run, which is in development at Sony.

We like the original Cliffhanger a lot, and not in any ironic way either. We suspect we made the same noise you did when we heard about this new take on it...


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Love the fact that the film company is called "Original Film". Was it named ironically, or what?

I think we should call this one a re-make, not a re-boot.

'We like the original Cliffhanger a lot, and not in any ironic way either'...Oh c'mon I seriously love this film, but it's as rip as a particularly warm Camembert. It definitely should have had a sequel at the time but for me, a reboot is only disappointing because of a lack of new ideas, not because it was some kind of untouchable classic.

'Gravity's the bitch, isn't it?' Haha, still makes me laugh today.

I love this film, still do a sequel!!! not reboot needed IMO. we can still have young actors if thats a must, maybe he had a son or daughter!

Indeed, I hate the whole re-boot thing as a concept anyway, so I get a bit pedantic about it in general, but as far as things go you can't reboot a single film.

I don't want a new Cliffhanger - I love the first one - and am very sure that there may be other stories that could involve climbing on mountains ( as long as it doesn't involve sweaty explosives like that Martin Campbell film).

Totally Agree.

Surely it's a remake. I'd associate reboot with a franchise.

"I'm Stalker, this is Street Walker." "Yeeeah... Can you still help us find out luggages?"


Does Cliffhanger really need to be rebooted? Do they really need to use the name Cliffhanger? I'm sure they can make a rock climbing film and *shock* use a different title.

Here's a couple of other names they can have: Cling On, Frayed Knot, Rope Burns, Stuck Between a Rock and a Drop!

Cliffhanger is a pretty great name for a movie. Still, why are they remaking marginally successful 20 year old movies again?

Let's get remakes of great concepts that didn't quite work, like Rocketeer!

No, no, NO! Why?!

A Stargate reboot? ... Okay, let's see how it goes.
A Cliffhanger reboot? - Really?!?

But the one I am convinced would be a sure-fire hit franchise(if done correctly) - Buck Rogers - has sat in perpetual limbo for almost 10 years now. - WTF????

Excellent point. Super Mario bros should be remade and properly: by Disney.


(Oh wait - We didn't!)

Can you call it a reboot if there was only ever one film? Isn't it then a remake? Was the 90's Thomas crowne affair classed as a reboot then?

You should register those names and put a tm after them!!!

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