Warner Bros. Pictures has hired Albert Hughes (Alpha, The Book of Eli) to direct the studio’s upcoming The Fugitive remake, according to Deadline. Brian Tucker (Broken City) is writing the script for the film, which will be produced by Erik Feig.
The 1993 original film, directed by Andrew Davis and starring Harrison Ford and Tommy Lee Jones, was based on the classic television series of the ’60s. Ford played prison escapee Dr. Richard Kimble, a Chicago surgeon falsely convicted of killing his wife and determined to prove his innocence by leading his pursuers to the one-armed man who actually committed the crime.
Jones, who won a Supporting Actor Oscar and Golden Globe Award for the film, portrayed Sam Gerard, an unrelenting bloodhound of a U.S. Marshal. The actor would go on to reprise the role in the spinoff film U.S. Marshals, which opened in theaters in 1998.
According to the site, Warner Bros. is putting a new spin of the action classic, which earned seven Oscar nominations in total, including the nomination for Best Picture. The movie grossed $368.9 million at the worldwide box office.
They add that this The Fugitive remake is not the only reboot of the property, as the upcoming short-form mobile video platform Quibi is also developing a project in which Kiefer Sutherland plays the hunter and Boyd Holbrook the murder suspect. In the mobile version, the man is accused of blowing up a Los Angeles subway station.