Deadline exclusively reports that The Russo Brothers are adapting Walter Hill’s 1979 cult classic film The Warriors into a one-hour drama with Paramount TV and Hulu.
Joe and Anthony Russo, directors of Captain America instalments The Winter Soldier and Civil War, are set to honour the original film while also add its own unique brand of grit, pulp, sex and violence on the small screen. There is no director attached yet to the project, but current the Russo brothers have found their writer in Frank Baldwin.
In The Warriors we’re taken into New York City where all the area gangs are called to a gang meeting at Central Park, on neutral turf in a moment of truce to hear out respected leader of the Gramercy Riffs, Cyrus, who wants the gangs to unite and rule New York. Suddenly Cyrus is gunned down and The Warriors are falsely accused of the murder and we follow them try to make their way back to their own territory on Coney Island while trying to survive from the cops and the other gangs.
The Russo Brothers will be kept busy for the next few years at least, as they are attached direct The Avengers: Infinity War Parts 1 and 2, as well as producing Space Runners at FOX 2000, 17 Bridges at STX and The Thomas Crown Affair remake at MGM with Michael B. Jordan cast as the lead. Joe and Anthony Russo and Mike Larocca will serve as Producers, while Lawrence Gordon (producer of the original film) will serve as an Executive Producer on the new project.
I’m a huge fan of the original film and while there’s been rumours of a remake for the big screen touted for over a decade, it’ll be interesting to see how it can be developed for the small screen with a new take, if they bring it into the modern era that is.