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David Ayer says he is no longer involved with the Commando remake

07.01.2014

David Ayer has begun to prove himself more and more as a director to be reckoned with. From his gritty crime films HARSH TIMES and STREET KINGS through his found footage END OF WATCH and the action-packed SABOTAGE, Ayer has made a name for himself as the go to guy for a very specific type of film. His next movie, the Brad Pitt starrer FURY may also show that Ayer can segue into other genres as well. Maybe that is why he was connected to a remake of Arnold Schwarzenegger's cult classic COMMANDO for so long.

Well, now that appears to be a dead project, at least as far as Ayer's involvement goes. In a recent conference call to promote FURY, Ayer was asked about the status of the COMMANDO remake to which the filmmaker replied that he is no longer involved. Whether that means the project is not moving forward or not is unknown, but any hope that it would be more than a cash grab seems to go up in smoke with Ayer off the project.

While Ayer is not exactly Martin Scorsese, there is an integrity to his movies that makes them more than just a generic action flick. FURY looks like it has some real character depth to it and SABOTAGE was suprisingly fun. But, COMMANDO is a film so entrenched in the 1980s type of action movie it may not be the best candidate for being remade. I mean, can you every truly live up to the sheer insanity of the original?

Here's to hoping that if COMMANDO is still in development that they find someone (ahem, Joe Carnahan) that could instill it with the same level of lunacy that we got back in 1985.

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Source: Cinema Blend

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9:18PM on 07/01/2014
Seriously, what's the point of a remake? Recognition on the name Commando - something there isn't even a franchise of? Commando is all about the 80s-ness - something like a father and daughter feeding a deer together would never make it into a modern action movie but is absolutely part of Commando's charm. I'm sure there are lots of spec scripts about with similar "ex-military guy goes on a path of vengeance to rescue his kidnapped daughter" elements (*ahem* Taken). Give fledgling screenwriters
Seriously, what's the point of a remake? Recognition on the name Commando - something there isn't even a franchise of? Commando is all about the 80s-ness - something like a father and daughter feeding a deer together would never make it into a modern action movie but is absolutely part of Commando's charm. I'm sure there are lots of spec scripts about with similar "ex-military guy goes on a path of vengeance to rescue his kidnapped daughter" elements (*ahem* Taken). Give fledgling screenwriters writing original material a chance.
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5:49PM on 07/01/2014
Anyone ever see the Russian remake from about 6 years ago?
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Anyone ever see the Russian remake from about 6 years ago?
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5:34PM on 07/01/2014
Were they planning on injecting pure 'Commando' cheese into this thing, or was it going to be a dark and gritty movie that didn't resemble 'Commando' at all? No, I don't actually care.
Were they planning on injecting pure 'Commando' cheese into this thing, or was it going to be a dark and gritty movie that didn't resemble 'Commando' at all? No, I don't actually care.
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5:05PM on 07/01/2014
Ayer is legit.
Ayer is legit.
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4:43PM on 07/01/2014
Commando would never fit in these times. They tried to bringing those types of films back with The Expendables franchise, but while the action is massive, they have failed big time to capture the villains, and those amazing one liners. A remake of this film would never produce a classic line like "don't bother my friend, he is dead tired".
Commando would never fit in these times. They tried to bringing those types of films back with The Expendables franchise, but while the action is massive, they have failed big time to capture the villains, and those amazing one liners. A remake of this film would never produce a classic line like "don't bother my friend, he is dead tired".
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8:29PM on 07/01/2014
"What did you do with Sully?"

"I let him go."
"What did you do with Sully?"

"I let him go."
9:30PM on 07/01/2014
"Sully, you remember when I said I would kill you last?"

"Yeah Matrix, thats right, you did say that"

"I lied"
"Sully, you remember when I said I would kill you last?"

"Yeah Matrix, thats right, you did say that"

"I lied"
3:55PM on 07/01/2014
You can't remake 80's perfection.
You can't remake 80's perfection.
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