It’s amazing how a little book from 1965 called THE WARRIORS just can’t seem to go away. The novel of the same name from author Sol Yurick was adapted in 1979 into a cult hit film that’s somehow managed to stick around in name ever since. In addition to thefilm, the book was adapted by Rockstar into a video game, and later a couple of comic book series.
Now, based on a report from Deadline, it sounds like the name of THE WARRIORS will continue on. According to the outlet, the Russo Brothers — directors of the most recent CAPTAIN AMERICA films — are taking a break from the world of Marvel to create a TV series with Hulu and Paramount. This will not be as much an adaptation of the original novel as it is a re-imagining of the 1979 film.
The original film was set in a dystopian future where gangs walk the streets of New York. When a gang leader is killed, a gang called the Warriors is blamed, and every other gang in the city is out for their blood. It’s an interesting premise, and the result was a classic, pulpy tale that’s cheesy, ridiculous, over-the-top, and a true film of its time. With this TV series, the Russos hope to capture that essence, all while “adding its own unique brand of grit, pulp, sex, and violence,” as the report states.
There is currently no director attached, but the duo are working with writer Frank Baldwin, who appears to be a relatively new talent in Hollywood. As such, there is no other work we can look to for an indication of his skill, but given the Russos and their own talent in both TV and film, it’s safe to say they picked the right man for the job.
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