Shawn Levy director of the upcoming Netflix show Stranger Things (also Real Steel and Night at the Museum) – will be directing and producing the remake of Starman along with Michael Douglas, who also produced the original.
Starman (1984) starred Jeff Bridges (who was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actor for his role) as an alien that uses the DNA from a hair strand to clone himself into a copy of Karen Allen’s dead husband in order to survive on Earth after his crash landing and make it to his rendezvous point so he can go home.
Cloning from a hair strand was pretty advanced thinking for 1984, not so shocking for 2016. Running away from the government on a cross country chase is also a little harder to do in the 21st century than it was 30 years ago.
The new version is a re-imagining with a younger cast, not that Bridges or Allen were all that old at 33 and 35 when they played the original characters.
“Starman is halfway through being written. It is fucking cool and very much the story of the original but leans into the technology and the scientific awareness that we have now, which is radically different than what we had when John Carpenter made the original film. It’s coming along very strong. It’s a movie I very much intend to make.”
Stay tuned for more details as they become available.