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Modernized Remake Of Easy Rider In Development

November 29, 2022 | Posted by Jeremy Thomas
Easy Rider Peter Fonda Image Credit: Columbia Pictures

Easy Rider is set to ride again, with an updated remake reportedly in the works. Variety reports that the 1969 classic is currently getting a reboot developed via the consortium that holds the adaptation rights to the film.

The producers behind the reboot are looking for “bold writers and/or directors” to update the film for a modern movie, using Creed as a comparison for what they hope to accomplish.

The original film was directed by Dennis Hopper, who co-starred with Peter Fonda and Jack Nicholson. The film was a bellwether for the “New Hollywood” era that saw the movie industry move forward from the dying studio system, introducing a more authentic, natural style and the rise of the auteur director, as well as tackling countercultural themes.

Despite a difficult production, Easy Rider became a massive worldwide hit with $80 million against a $400,000 budget. The film was brought into the National Film Registry in 1998.

“Our goal is to build upon the counterculture and freedom narrative the original left us with, and give the youth of today a film that pays serious attention to their own countercultures and challenges,” producer Maurice Fadida told the site. “What the young viewers of today are experiencing in their everyday lives may seem crazy to older generations, but it can very well become the societal norm, as was the case with the cultural shift of the late 1960s. We are hoping to play a part in that shift.”

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