Harrison Ford may be equally famous as either smuggler-rebel Han Solo or as adventurer archeologist Dr. Henry “Indiana” Jones, but he has plenty more memorable roles under his belt than that. In 1993 he starred in “The Fugitive,” a feature-length remake of a 1960s TV series about a man on the run from the law, searching for the man who murdered his wife and framed him for the deed. In one movie the four-year TV show was condensed into an intense action thriller headlined by Ford and Tommy Lee Jones. Now, that film is next on the remake production block.
Comic Book Resources tells us that Warner Bros. Pictures, which released the first film version of “The Fugitive” with Harrison Ford and Tommy Lee Jones, is beginning plans for a reboot. In fact, they have already found a director for the project in Albert Hughes, whose directorial portfolio includes post-apocalyptic film “The Book of Eli” (2010, with his brother Allen) and the prehistoric adventure “Alpha” (2018). It will be a high-profile project for Hughes to take on, considering the 1993 original directed by Andrew Davis got multiple Academy Award nominations in 1994 including Best Picture, and earned a win for Jones as Best Supporting Actor.
No information on casting or premiere date for the new “Fugitive” movie has been announced. But this is not the only production looking to revisit the pioneering TV show of old. Streaming platform Quibi is doing their own series remake of “The Fugitive” with Kiefer Sutherland and Boyd Holbook. While the Warner Bros. remake will take off from plot of the 1993 version (itself taken from the first series), the Quibi remake reimagines the plot where the accused protagonist is blamed for a more violent terrorist attack that claims multiple lives, rather than just murder.
It can be expected that the “Fugitive” film remake will again focus on Dr. Richard Kimble (played by Harrison Ford), who is accused of murdering his wife and escapes, pursued by US Marshall Sam Gerard (Tommy Lee Jones in 1993) while he searches for the true killer, a one-armed man.
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