The Russos are teaming with writer Frank Baldwin, to adapt the Walter Hill film from 1979, which was in turn an adaptation of the 1965 novel by Sol Yurick, which was again an adaptation of the Greek Myth Anabasis by Xenophon. A lot of adaption going on there. The series will be co-produced by Paramount and Hulu for airing on the subscription streaming service. There’s not a whole lot of information given about how they’ll go about bringing the series to life, but Deadline reports that the show will honor the original while spicing things up with “its own unique brand of grit, pulp, sex, and violence.” Sounds very promising.
The Warriors film is set in a near-future version of New York City, and was filmed there at a time when it still had the grime and danger factor. It supposes there are dozens of street gangs all vying for supremacy but are all called to Van Cortlandt Park for a meeting with Cyrus, the head of the City’s most powerful gang. He aims to unite all the gangs in New York against the cops, whom they outnumber considerably, allowing them to truly run the place. But Luther, the leader of the gang the Rogues, shoots Cyrus dead and in the mêlée that follows, blames the Warriors for the breach of peace. The Warriors then have to get back to Coney Island (not easy to do) where they’re from before every single gang in NYC kills them.
It’s a really great movie (and one which hasn’t aged as poorly as many of its contemporaries), and has been the subject of a remake for many, many years, but a television version might be just the thing to do justice to the story without besmirching the original. And at this point, with the Marvel movies under their belt (and two more on the way) – plus rather great episodes of Community and Arrested Development – if the Russos are selling, I’m buying. Here’s hoping we have a great TV show to come out to play-ay!
It’s not clear when the new Warriors series might appear, but stay with The Speakeasy for more information as the project develops.