Easy Rider was a landmark counterculture movie that helped to jumpstart the American New Wave movement of filmmaking, so let’s reboot the damn thing. Variety reports that a “consortium of stakeholders and producers” are in the early stages of developing a reimagining of the classic movie.
Easy Rider starred Dennis Hopper and Peter Fonda as bikers travelling through the American South and Southwest after successfully receiving a large amount of money from smuggling cocaine from Mexico to Los Angeles. Hopper and Fonda co-wrote the script with Terry Southern, with Hopper also directing the movie. Producers of the Easy Rider reboot, which includes Maurice Fadida’s Kodiak Pictures, Defiant Studios’ Eric B. Fleischman, and the Jean Boulle Group, are using Ryan Coogler’s Creed as an inspiration as they seek to “update the project for modern times with the same fringe spirit.“
“Our goal is to build upon the counterculture and freedom narrative the original left us with, and give the youth of today a film that pays serious attention to their own countercultures and challenges,” Producer Maurice Fadida. “What the young viewers of today are experiencing in their everyday lives may seem crazy to older generations, but it can very well become the societal norm, as was the case with the cultural shift of the late 1960s. We are hoping to play a part in that shift.” Easy Rider was a huge success upon its release in 1969, earning more than $40 million on a budget of just $400,000. It also received Academy Award nominations for Best Original Screenplay and Best Supporting Actor for Jack Nicholson.
Is there room for an Easy Rider reboot in your life?