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Christopher McQuarrie signs on to direct remake of Ice Station Zebra; does that take him out of M:I5?

May. 6, 2013by:
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Well, it looks like the news of Tom Cruise signing on to MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE 5 without Christopher McQuarrie attached (yet) takes another turn, as the director has just inked a deal to write and direct a remake of the 1968 cold-war era suspense thriller ICE STATION ZEBRA. Whether that means McQuarrie is out of MI:5 is anyone's guess, but that should be cleared up shortly when a helmer is announced for that project. It's certainly possible the director could tackle both, but that depends on when they're targeted for release.

The original ICE STATION ZEBRA was directed by John Sturges and starred Rock Hudson, Patrick McGoohan, Ernest Borgnine, and Jim Brown and is loosely based upon Alistair MacLean's 1963 novel of the same name, which is said to mirror real-life events that took place in 1959. McQuarrie is no stranger to shady characters in an espionage actioner, as his writing credits for THE USUAL SUSPECTS and VALKYRIE have proven. He most recently directed JACK REACHER and has long been rumored as the front-runner to take on the next MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE.

Here's the synopsis of the original:

Commander James Ferraday, USN, has new orders: get David Jones, a British civilian, Captain Anders, a tough Marine with a platoon of troops, Boris Vasilov, a friendly Russian, and the crew of the nuclear sub USS Tigerfish to the North Pole to rescue the crew of Drift Ice Station Zebra, a weather station at the top of the world. The mission takes on new and dangerous twists as the crew finds out that all is not as it seems at Zebra, and that someone will stop at nothing to prevent the mission from being completed

This sounds like the perfect kind of project for McQuarrie and, honestly, I'd rather see him do this than M:I5 if he had to choose. Either way, it's an intriguing project that looks like it could use an update. It's a rare case where I don't have a problem with a remake.

What do you think? Is this a better project for McQuarrie than M:I5? Is ICE STATION ZEBRA an untouchable classic?

Extra Tidbit: McQuarrie has also penned the scripts for The Wolverine and Cruise's next outing, All You Need Is Kill

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6:03AM on 05/07/2013
Agree more excited about this than him doing M:I5.
Agree more excited about this than him doing M:I5.
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12:15AM on 05/07/2013
I LOVE the original Ice Station Zebra and still watch it from time to time. If you watch it today, it feels outdated but still has its magic. I hope the remake can capture the atmosphere of the original.
I LOVE the original Ice Station Zebra and still watch it from time to time. If you watch it today, it feels outdated but still has its magic. I hope the remake can capture the atmosphere of the original.
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9:37PM on 05/06/2013

Safe to Remake

The original has a timeless quality to it, and a great score.

Could the original be improved upon? Absolutely. In fact for some time I've been hoping to see a modern director attempt to make a big Alistair MacLean-style epic. I just hope that McQuarrie keeps it in the late 60s Cold War era. Take note of how much a success Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy was. Don't screw it up by making it a race against the C̶h̶i̶n̶e̶s̶e̶ North Koreans.
The original has a timeless quality to it, and a great score.

Could the original be improved upon? Absolutely. In fact for some time I've been hoping to see a modern director attempt to make a big Alistair MacLean-style epic. I just hope that McQuarrie keeps it in the late 60s Cold War era. Take note of how much a success Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy was. Don't screw it up by making it a race against the C̶h̶i̶n̶e̶s̶e̶ North Koreans.
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9:07PM on 05/06/2013

Perfect

I have never seen the original but from the synopsis and trailer this looks right up McQuarrie's alley! Maybe he could shoehorn in a character saying he will fuck start a Commies face.
Frankly I would be hesitant if I was an director trying to follow up Ghost Protocol, I don't see how anybody could top what Brad Bird did with that film.
I have never seen the original but from the synopsis and trailer this looks right up McQuarrie's alley! Maybe he could shoehorn in a character saying he will fuck start a Commies face.
Frankly I would be hesitant if I was an director trying to follow up Ghost Protocol, I don't see how anybody could top what Brad Bird did with that film.
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8:47PM on 05/06/2013
This is the film Howard hughes is said to have watched a 150 times on a continuous loop
This is the film Howard hughes is said to have watched a 150 times on a continuous loop
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7:52PM on 05/06/2013
"In a bold move that has stunned Hollywood insiders, newly-divorced comeback-kid Troy McClure has turned down the supporting lead in McBain IV to direct and star in his own pet project: The Contrabulous Fabtraption of Professor Horatio Hufnagel. Will the gambit pay off? 20th Century Fox is betting... it will."
"In a bold move that has stunned Hollywood insiders, newly-divorced comeback-kid Troy McClure has turned down the supporting lead in McBain IV to direct and star in his own pet project: The Contrabulous Fabtraption of Professor Horatio Hufnagel. Will the gambit pay off? 20th Century Fox is betting... it will."
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7:47PM on 05/06/2013

meh

wake me when they remake The Ice Pirates.. the space comedy you didn't know you were waiting to see. [link]
wake me when they remake The Ice Pirates.. the space comedy you didn't know you were waiting to see. [link]
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