'Outland' remake in the works

Michael Davis to direct update of 1981 space Western

"Outland" is in.

Warner Bros. is resurrecting the 1981 space Western in an incarnation to be written by Chad St. John and directed by Michael Davis. Hollywood Gang's Gianni Nunnari is producing, with the company's Craig Flores exec producing.


The original, which drew comparisons to "High Noon," starred Sean Connery as a marshal on one of Jupiter's moons who is investigating mysterious deaths. He's forced to take on the colony's corporate administrators alone when the rest of the colonists refuse to help. It was written and directed by Peter Hyams.

The new take expands the concept, making it tentpole-sized, while keeping the original's theme. The story takes place in an orbiting city around the moon, where a cop uncovers a murderous conspiracy endangering the entire city. With a week before his retirement back to Earth, our hero has to choose between walking away with his wife, or taking on a private army with his overachieving ex-partner and wife's former boyfriend.

Lynn Harris and Jesse Ehrman are overseeing for Warners while Oliver Kramer shepherds for Hollywood Gang.

Hollywood Gang's upcoming productions include "Everybody's Fine," with Robert De Niro and Drew Barrymore, and Martin Scorsese's "Shutter Island." Both are being released this fall.

St. John, repped by ICM, wrote time-travel sci-fi spec "The Days Before," which is set up at Warners with Hollywood Gang to produce. He has a blind deal with Warners, which resulted in "Motor City," a thriller to which Joel Silver is on board as producer.

Davis, also repped by ICM, is a storyboard artist-turned-helmer who is best known for writing and directing "Shoot 'em Up," which starred Clive Owen.