John Moore to Remake Capricorn One
There has always been a pretty good chunk of the American population that believes in government conspiracies, which is probably why the 1978 conspiracy movie “Capricorn One” did so well. Thirty years later, those same people still exists — and if anything, there seems to be more of them, thanks in no small part to the wide spread of the Internet. (The net is full of 9/11 conspiracy “truthers”, for example). New Regency is set to cash in on those losers by remaking “Capricorn One” with director John Moore, who previously helmed air-themed movies “Flight of the Phoenix” and “Behind Enemy Lines”.
Variety has more:
Peter Buchman, who wrote Steven Soderbergh’s two-part Che Guevara biopic, penned the screenplay, which is described as an updated, reimagining of the story that revolves around a group of astronauts of an aborted mission to Mars.
Here’s a better description of the original from IMDB.com:
When the head of NASA’s manned Mars missions discovers that the capsule meant to carry the astronauts will suffer a catastrophic failure, he forces the three astronauts to participate in a hoax by broadcasting their ‘Mission’ from a studio built at a now abandoned air force base. Over the many months of the mission, the astronauts send broadcasts to Earth on their progress and all goes well until their space capsule burns up on re-entry. They soon realize that the only way for the hoax to be maintained is for them to die and they make a desperate attempt to escape their captors. Throughout this period, an investigative reporter gets wind of the fact that something is amiss with man’s first mission to Mars and slowly puts together the pieces of the mystery.
Elliot Gould, James Brolin, and O.J. Simpson starred in the original. Moore is currently shooting “Max Payne”, based on the videogame of the same name. John Davis will produce.