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‘Jacob’s Ladder’ to Get the Remake Treatment

Jacob's Ladder
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‘Jacob’s Ladder,’ the 1990 film by Adrian Lyne that starred Tim Robbins and Elizabeth Pena, is the latest film to get dusted off and prepped for a new version. The remake is being financed by LD Entertainment (‘The Grey’), and they’ve already got a writer attached.

Currently working on the updated version is Jeff Buhler, according to The Hollywood Reporter, and Buhler is best known for adapting Cliver Barker’s ‘The Midnight Meat Train’ for the big screen. This project has been in the works for a while as Buhler is coming on after screenwriter Jake Wade Wall, who wrote the remakes of ‘The Hitcher’ and ‘When a Stranger Calls.’

The original was penned by Bruce Joel Rubin, who had a big winning streak in 1990 with this and his script for ‘Ghost.’ But where it’s always easy to look down upon remakes, Rubin’s script drew heavily from other material, most notably Ambrose Bierce’s short story ‘An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge.’ ‘Ladder’ follows around a Vietnam vet (played by Robbins) who was haunted by horrific visions as he tried to return to home life. With that set up, it’s easy to see how that character could be a veteran from Iraq or Afghanistan. All things considered, this is one of the better ideas for a remake.

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