Vertical’s Jacob’s Ladder remake is slated to f**k you up in August

Last Updated on July 30, 2021

Jacob's Ladder, release date, Michael Ealy

Vertical Entertainment is hoping to warp your mind this July and August after assuming the rights to LD Entertainment's JACOB'S LADDER remake. Helmed by JANIE JONES and A SINGLE SHOT director David M. Rosenthal from a screenplay penned by Jeff Buhler and Sarah Thorpe, the upcoming re-imagining of director Adrian Lyne's cult horror classic stars Michael Ealy (ALMOST HUMAN, STUMPTOWN), Jesse Williams (THE CABIN IN THE WOODS, BROOKLYN'S FINEST), Nicole Beharie (SHAME, SLEEPY HOLLOW), Karla Souza (HOW TO GET AWAY WITH MURDER, INSTRUCTIONS NOT INCLUDED), Guy Burnet (MORTDECAI, THE AFFAIR) and Joseph Sikora (JACK REACHER, GHOST WORLD).

In 1990, Lyne's version of the psychedelic tale found a Vietnam War veteran, Jacob (Tim Robbins), mourning the loss of his dead child and haunted by visions he could not begin to comprehend. As the events of the disturbing film play out, Jacob attempts to uncover his past while suffering from a severe case of dissociation. To do so, he must decipher reality and life from his own dreams, delusions, and perceptions of death.

For Rosenthal's take, Jacob Singer (Michael Ealy) is getting his life back together after his brother is killed in Afghanistan. Jacob has a beautiful wife, a new born child and a successful career as surgeon in a VA hospital. When a stranger approaches Jacob and reveals that his brother is actually alive and living in an underground shelter with other homeless vets, Jacob’s life starts to unravel. He begins hallucinating, believes he is being followed by violent attackers and becomes paranoid about the truth of what really happened to his brother. When he discovers that his brother is alive and addicted to an experimental drug, he uncovers a secret he never could have been prepared for.

Producing JACOB'S LADDER are Will Packer, Mickey Liddell, Michael J. Gaeta, Alison R. Rosenzweig, Pete Shilaimon, and Jennifer Monroe. While the film is slated for an August release in theaters, part of the deal with Vertical Entertainment is that the remake will premiere on DISH for a brief time in July before driving viewers mad in theaters this August.

Source: Deadline

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Born and raised in New York, then immigrated to Canada, Steve Seigh has been a editor, columnist, and critic since 2012. He started with Ink & Pixel, a column celebrating the magic and evolution of animation, before launching the companion YouTube series Animation Movies Revisited. He's also the host of the Talking Comics Podcast, a personality-driven audio show focusing on comic books, film, music, and more. You'll rarely catch him without headphones on his head and pancakes on his breath.