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Albert Hughes Tapped to Direct ‘The Fugitive’ Reboot with a Twist

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Director Albert Hughes discusses “The Book of Eli” at the Apple Store Soho on January 13, 2010 in New York City.
(Jan. 12, 2010 – Source: Henry S. Dziekan III/Getty Images North America)

*Warner Bros. has tapped director Albert Hughes to helm a new reboot of “The Fugitive” from writer Brian Tucker and producer Erik Feig.

This reimagining is based on the 1963 TV series, which was previously adapted for the big screen starring Harrison Ford and Tommy Lee Jones, who earned the Best Supporting Actor award at the 66th Academy Awards. 

“The Fugitive” tells the story of a man wrongfully convicted for the murder of his wife and sentenced to death, but he who escapes from police custody and sets out to find the real killer and clear his name, awhile being pursued by a team of U.S. Marshalls.

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“The Fugitive” was inspired by  the true story of Dr. Sam Sheppard, an American neurosurgeon who was exonerated in 1966, having been convicted of the 1954 murder of his wife, Marilyn Reese Sheppard. 

According to Deadline, the studio intends on putting a new spin on the Andrew Davis-directed 1993 action classic. 

Would you be down with Idris Elba, Denzel Washington or Will Smith leading this project? What about two Black women cast as the fugitive and the U.S. Marshall? 

One online user commented on Deadline’s story, “Please please please make the new spin that Kimble and Gerard will be women of color this time! You’ll make a million dollars!”

But others just aren’t feeling yet another remake of a classic. 

One critic noted, “Another day, another needless reboot… and another spineless exec covering their ass scraping the barrel of “IP” pre-awareness instead of throwing the dice with original filmmaking. Our entire biz seems to agree television is much more adventurous than the multiplex, yet we don’t nearly call out studios enough for such feeble aversion to risk.”

Do you agree?

Ny MaGee
Ny MaGee is an entertainment reporter with over 15 years of experience working in the film industry in areas including production and post-production, marketing, distribution, and acquisitions. She has worked for legendary film producer Roger Corman, Quentin Tarantino's production team at Miramax, the late Larry Flynt, MTV/ VH1, Hallmark Channel, Paramount, Jim Henson Co., Parade Magazine, and various LA-based companies representing above-the-line talent.

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