A remake of Stanley Kramer’s western classic “High Noon” is officially in the works with Kramer’s widow closing a deal with filmmaker David L. Hunt (“Greater”) and producer Thomas Olaimey’s Classical Entertainment.
The multiple Oscar-winning original 1952 film centers around a town marshal (Gary Cooper) who is torn between his sense of duty and love for his new bride and who must face a gang of killers alone.
The film has become iconic for being one of the first ‘deconstructed’ westerns, foregoing action elements in favor of a dark character drama with which works as an allegory against the then oppressive McCarthyism.
Hunt will write the screenplay and direct the remake which will aim for a late 2019 release. This will mark the second attempt at a new remake of the film following the first one, setup at Relativity Media, stalling due to that company’s bankruptcy problems.
Karen Kramer, who will executive produce, said in a statement: “I congratulate Thomas and David for their enthusiasm and passion for remaking this classic film about a man who stood for justice, when standing for justice was most difficult. Its theme is the hallmark of many Stanley Kramer films and comes at a time when such a message is needed more than ever.”
The film has been remade before with TNT releasing a 2000 telemovie starring Tom Skerritt.