“House Of Cards” Director Remaking “Jacob’s Ladder”?

November 21, 2013

TheWrap reports that House of Cards director James Foley is in negotiations to direct an homage to the 1990 cult classic JACOB’S LADDER for LD Entertainment.

Adrian Lyne directed the original that was written by Bruce Joel Rubin and starred Tim Robbins.

Synopsis: “Mourning his dead child, a haunted Vietnam vet attempts to discover his past while suffering from a severe case of disassociation. To do so, he must decipher reality and life from his own dreams, delusion, and perception of death.”

The untitled paranoid thriller that Foley is developing is “less a remake than a contemporary homage”. Foley’s version introduces new situations and characters, though it will pose similar questions regarding life, death, reality and perception. A contemporary homage sounds an awful lot like a remake. If it was a sequel then why not call it that? If set in the present, the Vietnam element will probably be eliminated.

Jeff Buhler (The Midnight Meat Train) wrote the script, an update to the initial draft written by Jake Wade Wall (When a Strange Calls).

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