May 4, 2011
Five Favorite Films with Rutger Hauer
In a busy career tracing back to the late 1960s, Dutch actor Rutger Hauer has carved out a unique niche as a performer, alternating between dramatic parts and iconic cult roles that have earned him the admiration of successive generations of audiences. His performance in 1977's World War II drama Soldier of Orange made the world aware of both Hauer and director Paul Verhoeven, while several of his roles in the '80s -- like the menacing villain in action classic The Hitcher and replicant Roy Batty in Blade Runner -- continue to resonate with movie fans today. This week he's back in all of his full, starring glory -- headlining the splattery B-movie throwback, Hobo With a Shotgun. We spoke with the actor recently, where he shared his thoughts on the film, and what it's like looking back at Blade Runner today. Read on for the interview; but first, here are Rutger Hauer's five favorite films.
November 24, 2006
Trailer Bulletin: "The Hitcher"
Complain all you want (and I've been doing it a lot), but early next year there WILL be a remake of "The Hitcher." And now there's a trailer to prove it.
October 6, 2006
Like Horror Remakes? Get Ready for a Bunch More.
Professional remake house Platinum Dunes and Universal's genre arm (Rogue Pictures) have signed a deal -- and the result will be (at least) four more horror remakes. On deck are redos of "The Hitcher," "Near Dark," "The Changeling," and "The Birds."
June 1, 2006
Sean Bean to Become the New "Hitcher"
At first I was mostly skeptical regarding this remake of "The Hitcher" that's being set up at Michael Bay's Platinum Dunes outfit. But after reading a few interviews with the original screenwriter (Jake Wade Wall, not Eric Red) and seeing the early casting news, I'm beginning to hold out some hope here. Yes, that's right: Sean Bean will be stepping into the role made infamous by Sir Rutger Hauer.
May 26, 2006
New Horror Stories for Your "Amusement"
"Amusement," a new project from Jake Wade Wall, writer of the "When a Stranger Calls" remake, will soon be setting up at New Line. It seems to be a horror anthology thing, not unlike "Creepshow," "Tales from the Darkside" or ... "Grim Prairie Tales."
May 9, 2006
Sophia Bush to Entice "The Hitcher"
Looks like some cast & crew are coming together for Platinum Dunes / Rogue's remake of "The Hitcher," which is a brilliantly nasty cult classic from 1985 that stars C. Thomas Howell as a stupid driver and Rutger Hauer as the hitchhiker from hell.
June 27, 2005
Bay & Co. Get Some Filmmakers for Their "Hitcher" Remake
Variety reminds us that we reported on Platinum Dunes' "Hitcher" remake a little while ago -- by announcing the all-new director and screenwriter. Veteran music video director Dave Meyers will helm Rogue Pictures' revisit of Robert Harmon's "The Hitcher," and he'll be doing so from a screenplay penned by Jake Wade Wall, a relative newcomer who just wrote "When a Stranger Calls" for Simon West (also a remake).
April 26, 2005
Bay Thinks Remakes Are for the "Birds"
After remaking "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre" and "The Amityville Horror," as well as staking out "The Hitcher" for the same treatment, Michael Bay and his Platinum Dunes partners have yet another classic they want to revisit: "The Birds."
April 18, 2005
Michael Bay and Platinum Dunes "Hitch" on to Another Remake
No sooner is one remake an opening weekend hit than Michael Bay and his Platinum Dunes partners are press-releasing a new production. As "The Amityville Horror" was enjoying a smashing debut weekend, the Dunes boys announced that their next project will be a remake of Robert Harmon's 1986 cult classic "The Hitcher," which starred C. Thomas Howell as a terrorized motorist and Rutger Hauer as one of the coolest movie villains ever devised.