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Ana Lily Amirpour and Neal Moritz are working on a female-led Cliffhanger reboot

Neal Moritz (The Fast And The Furious) has been working on a reboot of Cliffhanger for a good few years now. The 1993 original was directed by Renny Harlin and starred Sylvester Stallone.

The new version will have a female lead, which is still to be cast, and will be directed by Ana Lily Amirpour (A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night). Jason Momoa (Aquaman) is talks for a key cameo. Will he be playing the person the main character fails to save at the beginning of the film (if it follows the same plot beats as the original)?

Rocket Science will launch international sales of the film in Cannes after prizing rights away from StudioCanal in a competitive situation, according to Deadline.

Amirpour has been planning Cliffhanger for more than 12 months and last year went on a ten-day hiking tour in the French, Swiss and Italian Alps to get herself in the zone.

I instantly knew the elements of the story I wanted to tell. There’s a special place in my heart for an action-survival movie. I’ve always been attracted to the theme of mountain climbers who, like filmmakers, have a certain madness to them. I love genre and fantasy and in this type of survival film you’re playing with real fear.

I am very excited to partner with Original Film and Rocket Science, who share my passion for this character-driven, high-adrenaline story; the survival film is one of my favourite genres. We are setting out to create a thrill-ride on the mountain which taps into the primal side of an action movie, where you see what a person is capable of doing to survive in the most extreme situations, pushed to the limits. Add to that some high-stakes espionage and a badass female mountain climber as the lead and it becomes a truly epic reinvention of what made the original Cliffhanger movie so fun and so thrilling.

We talked about the film in an episode of the After The Ending podcast and you can listen to that below.

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