Warners Bros. Pictures will attempt to recreate gold by remaking one of the greatest TV-to-film adaptions of all time, The Fugitive.
The original 1993 film starred Harrison Ford and earned an Oscar for Tommy Lee Jones. Based on a television series that ran for four seasons between 1963 and 1967, the story follows Dr. Richard Kimble (Ford) as he goes on the run after being accused of murdering his wife. Trailed by tough-as-nails cop Samuel Gerard (Jones), the good Doctor seeks to find the real killer and hopes to lead the authorities right to him.
The film spun a sequel for Jones called U.S. Marshals, which also starred Wesley Snipes and Robert Downey Jr. A TV remake was attempted in 2000, but only lasted one 23-episode season on CBS.
WB will try again with a script from newcomer Christina Hodson, whose thriller Shut In is currently being filmed with Naomi Watts and Oliver Platt. The original film’s producers, Arnold and Anne Kopelson, are returning for the updated version. Deadline’s report also includes vague wording hinting that Ford and Jones may be sought after to also return. While it might seem hard to picture the two reprising their roles, Ford is doing just that in new sequels to Star Wars and Blade Runner, so his coming back for a third franchise isn’t entirely out of the realm of possibility.
The Fugitive made $369 million worldwide gross on a $40 million budget, margins WB and their producers will cross their fingers to achieve again.