Female-Led ‘Cliffhanger’ Reboot in the Works with Ana Lily Amirpour at the Helm

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Ana Lily Amirpour will be helming the reboot to 1993’s “Cliffhanger,” a package heading to Cannes for international sales.

As reported in a Deadline exclusive, Rocket Science will be heading the international sales at Cannes, making this deal one of its hottest packages going into the festival. Over 20 years since the original starring Sylvester Stallone, the reboot will feature a female-led swap, with castings still underway. “Aquaman” star Jason Mamoa is in talks for a key cameo in the project. The 1993 original starred Stallone in a heist mountain climbing pursuit on the Rocky Mountains.

Neal Moritz, “The Fast and The Furious” franchise producer, has been trying to lift the project off the ground for some time now. Moritz is producing the reboot under his company Original Film, in collaboration with Rocket Science. Both studios express great franchise potential in the story. Amirpour, who directed the Sundance horror “A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night,” has also been planning for the feature. The article notes her extensive 12-month hiking hiatus in prep for the project.

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From the Deadline article:

The filmmaker told us, “I instantly knew the elements of the story I wanted to tell. There’s a special place in my heart for an action-survival movie. I’ve always been attracted to the theme of mountain climbers who, like filmmakers, have a certain madness to them. I love genre and fantasy and in this type of survival film you’re playing with real fear.”

“I am very excited to partner with Original Film and Rocket Science, who share my passion for this character-driven, high-adrenaline story; the survival film is one of my favorite genres,” she continued. “We are setting out to create a thrill-ride on the mountain which taps into the primal side of an action movie, where you see what a person is capable of doing to survive in the most extreme situations, pushed to the limits. Add to that some high-stakes espionage and a badass female mountain climber as the lead and it becomes a truly epic reinvention of what made the original Cliffhanger movie so fun and so thrilling.”

The article also states the project has an undisclosed equity in place, tipping the visual scales to its advantage. The film will be looking for a studio partner in the U.S. It is slated for a 2020 shoot.

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