Being considered a stone cold classic and boasting numerous Oscars in its trophy cabinet is no protection for a movie from the remake mill these days. News arrives via The Hollywood Reporter that the latest target for planned reboot is Western drama High Noon.
The 1952 film, which won four Academy Awards® (star Gary Cooper took home Best Actor) focuses on Marshal Will Kane, played by Cooper, who is planning to hang up his spurs and six gun. But when he learns that a vicious criminal he helped to jail has been released and is on his way to get revenge, Kane soon discovers that the small town he has protected for years won't help him... And the time is ticking away until the bullets start flying.
For the new version Relativity Studios plans to update the story to a modern day setting along the cartel heavy US Mexican border. So expect something more along the lines of Sicario (2015). New Relativity boss Dana Brunetti got the rights after negotiating with Karen Kramer, daughter of Stanley who produced the original for director Fred Zinnemann. "High Noon is one of the most iconic films of all time," said Brunetti. "I'm honored to be a part of modernizing this timeless story and bringing it to a new generation."
While there is a big argument to be made that the switched setting and altered plot would be better served with an original title and not trying to peg it to the original, plans for this one are already underway, with the hunt for a writer to start work on the script. Several movies have already used the basic concept, including science fiction take Outland (1981).