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‘The Warriors’ Bop to the West Coast!
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The Warriors (1979)The original Warriors standing on the boardwalk in Coney Island, Brooklyn.

Tony Scott (True Romance, Domino) is helming a remake of the 1979 cult classic The Warriors for MTV and Paramount Studios. Scott confirmed that none of the original characters will be featured in his updated version, with the exception of Cyrus, who is murdered in the first 10 minutes of the movie. The flamboyant look of the gangs will also be nixed for a more realistic Bloods and Crips feel and, unlike the original, which was set in a vaguely futuristic New York City, it will take place very much in the present, on the streets of Long Beach, California.

“I see it as ‘Kingdom of Heaven’ meets ‘The Warriors’ because with these gangs, instead of having twenty or thirty guys, I’m going to have three thousand, five thousand guys in the L.A. river beds and it’s going to look like L.A. during the riots,” Tony Scott has said. “I love the original movie; that’s why I’m in doing this, but I’m not going to copy the original.”

Fans of the original film have expressed both support and outrage on message boards and Warriors fan sites. I am a huge fan of the original film, so much so that my initial reaction to this announcement employed many an outward expletive. Admittedly, there is no getting around how flawed the original movie was, but it cannot be argued that the look of the film, as well as some of its more colorful dialogue, will be forever lingering within the great ghost of pop culture’s collective unconscious.

Some die-hard fans of the 1979 release fear that what Tony Scott is actually filming is just another hip hop gangsta film that will do well on the sole merit that he’s calling it The Warriors. Still, there are fans that are more optimistic about the remake, like Erik Jansen, who started his own Warriors online community on MySpace.com. Erik believes the original film was memorable because of its quirky flaws, but he also notes that Tony Scott’s version may not be so much of a remake after all.

“It actually might be good, but for a different reason,” Erik says. “It’s a totally different script. Face it, the original script was pretty bad. The reason ‘The Warriors’ is so great, was because it was a last-minute effort and they practically threw out the script. They filmed it relatively quickly and with a small budget. Also, they really didn’t pay that much attention to detail. It was half assed. If they would’ve put more time, money and effort into it, it probably would’ve been just a decent film that no one would remember. The new film, from what I gather from reading about it, sounds kind of good. The only thing it has in common with the original is the name, and they’re only using that to sell it. Ironically, I believe [the remake] will kill it. They really shouldn’t use the Warriors name for that reason and because it really is a different movie.”

From a marketing point of view, Scott’s version of The Warriors couldn’t come at a better time. Since the fall of 2005, The Warriors has enjoyed a resurgence due to a trifecta of cross promotion celebrating the releases of the excellent Rock Star video game adaption as well as the director’s cut DVD. Currently, screenings of the original theatrical release are being enjoyed by soldout audiences in selected art houses all over the country. Still, one can’t help but wonder if the new Warriors is really just a Colors / Judgment Night rehash shrouded in a familiar candy wrapper.

14 Comments »

  1. I love my editor. No, really. I do.

    Comment by disco volante — April 3, 2006 @ 11:19 am

  2. That Erik Jansen guy is a moron!

    Comment by Reverend — April 3, 2006 @ 11:56 am

  3. We love you right back, Disco baby. :::smooch:::

    Comment by Evie Nine DeNine — April 3, 2006 @ 12:00 pm

  4. the remake is going to be rediculous, just as said in this article”Tony Scott is actually filming is just another hip hop gangsta film that will do well on the sole merit that he’s calling it The Warriors”
    nothing will top the original yeah it was kind of half assed but yet you cant touch a classic

    Comment by duxxx — April 3, 2006 @ 5:32 pm

  5. why arent you going to have any of the oringinal names.or the baseball furies

    Comment by nikolas — April 3, 2006 @ 10:02 pm

  6. and duxxx is right

    Comment by nikolas — April 3, 2006 @ 10:04 pm

  7. While a remake may not even come close to capturing what the original movie did, I think it might be interesting, and worth checking out. Besides…if you don’t want to watch it…Don’t watch it.

    Comment by Tweak — April 9, 2006 @ 2:39 pm

  8. i am telling you right now, these fracks have no biz remaking a movie that so many of us grew up on and love. trust me the true fans will rain on your ass. CAN YOU DIG IT!!!!!!!!!!

    Comment by cleon ROC — May 12, 2006 @ 1:47 pm

  9. I think the original warriors is a classic and could never be duplicated. I’m loyal to this movie because of creativity and the boldness by Walt Hill during a time of sensitivity in theatres about controversial material. It exposes the truth of what our world is made of. How can we turn our eyes away from that? We can watch the news and see more terrible things than this. We’re giving oscars to different movies that range from everything like animation to real life issues like homosexuality. That’s my opinion that addresses the aspect of controversial.
    But as far as Tony Scott, I think he should be given a chance to reveal what the gang world of today is really like. Life changes. What was terrible, bad, controversial or considered a violation 25 or 30 years ago is now accepted as everyday living. Nobody thinks twice. It’s the same product with a different packaging. Now what we hear on the news we just flip the channel. Scott has brought us some of the best theatre entertainment that we’ve ever seen. Lots of our young people don’t even know about the warriors. Maybe this will spark them to watch the old one. Maybe they’ll see what gangs are really about and won’t get involved. There’s always the chance of corruption but you can never not tell the truth because you are afraid of it. Let’s give him a chance to tell the truth about the same issue with modern methods and just maybe we’ll smell the coffee and wake up to another world that we have forgotten or turned our eyes away from.

    Comment by Stallion — May 13, 2006 @ 3:31 pm

  10. […] The Warriors Bop to the West Coast! Director Tony Scott moves the Coney Island gang to California in his upcoming remake. Can you dig it, suckahs? […]

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  11. Why cant you just stay true to the film… remakes are bad enuff but if u want to remake an epic like this keep every thing the same! other wise u cant call it “The Warriors”!!!

    Comment by Jesse — July 29, 2006 @ 11:23 pm

  12. i think its a bunch of bull that there changing almost everything about the warriors no ajax no mercyno orphins i cant beleav it but im still going to see it though lol

    Comment by jack — August 7, 2006 @ 11:10 pm

  13. I’ll go and see it just ‘cos I like action flicks, but it couldn’t possibly match the original. I just ask ‘Why’? .. Why call it Warriors if it’s going to be totally different?? Sounds like yet another typical ‘urban-gang’ film. Hoo-friggin-ray.

    Comment by DW — August 20, 2006 @ 7:53 pm

  14. So a classic gets turned into another Boyz’n’the Hood-cum-Mennace2Colors type of thing. I don’t DIGG IT AT ALL!!! Warriors, come out to play-e-ay!!!

    Comment by ArtfulDodger — August 20, 2006 @ 7:57 pm

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