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JACOB’S LADDER: Michael Ealy To Star In Remake

Michael Ealy

Michael Ealy brought on to Jacob’s Ladder. The Think Like A Man and Seven Pounds actor will star in the planned remake of the 1990 Tim Robbins film.

No release date has been offered for the film, but the production team has already gone through at least one major shake-up. Originally, Fifty Shades Darker director James Foley was attached to the project in 2013. Recent news, however, indicates that he was replaced by David M. Rosenthal, who previously directed A Perfect Guy. It was Rosenthal’s decision to bring Ealy in on the project.

In addition, the script has already undergone significant changes. Jake Wade Wall, who provided the script for When A Stranger Calls, worked on an early version of the screenplay, but that draft has since been discarded in favor of one from The Midnight Meat Train‘s Jeff Buhler and The Bounty Hunter‘s Sarah Thorp.

Released over 25 years ago, the original Jacob’s Ladder was a surreal thriller from veteran filmmaker Adrian Lyne.  Since it’s release, the film has gained a small but devoted cult following, members of which will likely watch developments relating to the remake with anticipation:

The original film starred Tim Robbins as a Vietnam veteran living in New York City named Jacob Singer. Haunted by his past, Singer begins a descent into madness that threatens to blend reality and delusion with the threat of a Dante-inspired damnation. The new take on the property is said to reexamine the themes of the original against a contemporary backdrop, offering “a modern day paranoid action thriller about two brothers.”

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Reggie Peralta

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