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'Jacob's Ladder' Getting Remake Treatment (Exclusive)

Jeff Buhler, who wrote the Clive Barker adaptation "The Midnight Meat Train," is penning the script.

Jacob's Ladder Film Still - H 2013
1990's "Jacob's Ladder"

Get ready to climb Jacob’s Ladder again.

Mickey Liddell’s LD Entertainment is financing a remake of the 1990 movie starring Tim Robbins that will be produced by Michael Gaeta and Alison Rosenzweig. Liddell also is 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.

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The original Ladder, written by Bruce Joel Rubin and directed by Adrian Lyne, ostensibly told of a Vietnam War 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.

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The producers are now out to directors.

Gaeta and Rosenzweig were exec producer and producer, respectively, on the 2011 remake of Fright Night as well as Transit, an action movie that starred Jim Caviezel. The duo is developing a remake of the 1987 Mickey Rourke-Lisa Bonet thriller Angel Heart.

Among Liddell Entertainment’s recent credits are the Liam Neeson adventure movie The Grey as well as Disconnect, a drama that starred Jason Bateman. The company this week partnered with McG’s Wonderland Sound and Vision to back a slate of film, television and digital projects.