Green Penning “Ice Station Zebra” Remake

With “Your Highness” almost upon us, writer/director David Gordon Green has done a few press interviews where he has mentioned his planned remake of Dario Argento’s 1970’s horror classic “Suspiria” as I previously reported.

Yet word of another completely different remake came up when he spoke with The Playlist this week, one that was bound to happen one day but hasn’t really come up in reports before now – a new take on the 1968 film adaptation of Alistair MacLean’s 1963 Cold War thriller novel “Ice Station Zebra”.

“I just finished a script for Warner Bros. that’s a remake of ‘Ice Station Zebra’ that’s a big military movie. And I got to go camp out on the Arctic Circle with the Navy and explore those kind of… you know just the lingo and the politics of what’s going on in the arctic right now so it truly is a passport. Like literally Warner Brothers says, ‘Do you want to get on a jet with the Navy and get on a submarine?’ and you’re like, ‘absofuckinglutely!'” says Green.

In the original John Sturges-directed feature, a spy satellite containing a highly valuable payload comes down in the Arctic Circle just north of Greenland. A U.S. nuclear submarine stationed in Scotland is sent to rescue the personnel onboard a civilian weather station in the same area, the captain (Rock Hudson) forced to bring along a British intelligence agent (Patrick McGoohan), a Russian defector (Ernest Borgnine) and a troop of marines who have their own top secret mission – get to that payload before the Soviets do.

A box-office hit, though not as famous or well-received as other MacLean film adaptations such as “The Guns of Navarone” and “Where Eagles Dare”, the John Sturges-directed feature has had various high profile fans over the years from Howard Hughes to John Carpenter. Though overly long, McGoohan’s performance in particular (shot around the same time as his cult TV series “The Prisoner”) is often singled out for praise.

Green, who also just finished an adaptation of Paul Pope’s graphic novel “Battling Boy” for Paramount Pictures, added that he has a dream to do a film “about rival musical families in Branson, Missouri in the 1960s”.