WARRIORS. COME OUT TO PLAAYYYYYY.
If you haven’t seen Walter Hill‘s stupidly iconic 1979 cult hit ‘The Warriors,’ holy guacamole fake a sickie, fob off work, rush home and spend your afternoon watching it. Now. You will not regret that decision.
The OG film is an absolute classic of any era, beloved for its almost comic book-like stylistic choices, hyper-stylised fight sequences, ripping soul soundtrack, and over-the-top portrayal of gang warfare.
It’s been revisited a bunch of times over the years, including a particularly excellent game adaptation originally released on the PS2 and Xbox in 2005 (and re-released for the PlayStation 4 overnight, just FYI), and references to it are dotted throughout film and TV.
And while the knee-jerk reaction to news of old favourites copping the reboot treatment is usually one of recoiled disgust, this one actually has the potential to be pretty excellent, based purely on the unbelievably expansive world created in the original.
‘The Warriors‘ look set to ride once again in a new series on Hulu, which will be spearheaded by the Russo Brothers, who you might remember as the directors of a pair of ‘Captain America‘ films, the upcoming ‘Avengers: Infinity Wars‘ films, and of course for their work on ‘Arrested Development.’
The duo will co-develop and co-direct the pilot of the hour-long drama, which will air exclusively on the US streaming giant, with writer Frank Baldwin on board to help pen the series.
The new series will apparently honour the original’s tone and setting, whilst delving deeper into its own brand of pulp, violence, grit, and sex. Or so the story goes.
The OG film was based on the 1965 Sol Yurick novel of the same name, which in turn took its structural cues from the classic Greek tale Anabasis by Xenophon.
The film, for those not in the know, follows a rag-tag street gang from Coney Island called The Warriors. Set in a fictionalised version of New York City that’s been torn apart by gang warfare, the gang attempts to traverse the city back to Coney Island, through rival gang territory, after being falsely accused of murdering the leader of Manhattan’s most influential gang at a truce meeting.
There’s massive amount of scope to drag something unabashedly cool out of this, so consider us keen as shit.
Y’know, provided the Baseball Furies are involved in it, that is.