This has been a hard summer for a lot of great filmmakers, but two of them are not named Russo. Joe and Anthony Russo kicked off the year with a smash success called Captain America: Civil War, which received praise from critics and got a lot of butts into theater seats. You can pretty much call them the Kings of Summer, well, this summer anyway. Yet, despite that, they seem to hear the siren song of TV. These gentlemen spent their pre-Marvel years chronicling the adventures of the Bluth family and the Springdale Community College, and now they seem to want to chronicle the new tales of one of New York’s most notorious (fictional) street gangs.
According to Deadline, the Russos are developing The Warriors as a one-hour series for Hulu to be co-produced by Paramount. New writer Frank Baldwin will pen the script based on the cult classic directed by Walter Hill in 1979 from the novel by Sol Yurick. Deadline says that the new adaptation will “honor the original film while adding its own unique brand of grit, pulp, sex and violence.” At the time of its release, the film was accused of inciting crime and violence, and it was received not very well by critics. However, in the 37 years since its release, the film has become a must-see for cinephiles.
The movie follows the titular gang from Coney Island, who attend a meeting of all New York’s gangs where the charismatic Cyrus wants all gangbangers to unite and rule the city, but Luther, leader of the Rogues, shoots Cyrus mid meeting and frames the Warriors for it. The Warriors are then forced to navigate the streets of New York, the target of every other gang member of the city, in order to get back to the safety of their home turf on Coney Island. Michael Beck, James Remar and Dorsey Wright starred.
No word on a cast, writing staff, directing team or air date yet. All that is likely in the works, and will be made known in the coming weeks. This is one of numerous projects that the Russos have in development including Space Runners, 17 Bridges at STX, a remake of The Thomas Crown Affair, and, of course, directing the upcoming Avengers: Infinity War – Parts 1 and 2.
We’ll have more news about the project as it become available.