Deadline reports that ‘Alpha’ director and ‘The Book of Eli’ co-director Albert Hughes has been tapped by Warner Bros. Pictures to helm a remake of ‘The Fugitive.’ Brian Tucker (‘Broken City’) will write the script, while Erik Feige will produce the film.
‘The Fugitive’ was originally an acclaimed television series that premiered in 1963, which starred David Janssen as Dr. Richard Kimble and Barry Morse as U.S. Marshal Samuel Gerard. However the property is best remembered now for the 1993 film adaptation starring Harrison Ford as Kimble and Tommy Lee Jones as Gerard. The film was nominated for seven Academy Awards and Jones won the Award for Best Supporting Actor for his performance in the film. Both the series and the 1993 film focus on Dr. Kimble’s quest to prove his innocence in the murder of his wife, while avoiding the authorities attempting to capture the titular fugitive.
So far, neither Dr. Kimble or U.S. Marshal Gerard have been cast for Hughes’ remake. Considering the sheer legacy that both the show and previous film adaptation carry, it would seem that the pressure is on for Hughes, Tucker and Feige to deliver with their take on ‘The Fugitive.’