Courtesy of director Jaume Collet-Serra (“The Shallows,” “The Commuter”) we can now look forward to an Escape to Victory remake which if you have forgotten or were not around in 1981 or if you simply don’t care to remember was about allied POWs preparing for a soccer game against the German National Team to be played in Nazi-occupied Paris whilst the French Resistance and British officers are making plans for the team’s escape. When given the opportunity to escape during the game, the players must decide whether to humiliate the Nazis in the eyes of the world and spark a resistance or to save their own lives.
Now the 1981 version had such soccer luminaries as Pele, Bobby Moore and Ossie Ardiles with Max Von Sydow, Michael Caine and …um….Sylvester Stallone who played the goalkeeper and was dismissive of the offer by British goalie great Gordon Banks to train and instead threw himself around ending up breaking a rib taking him off the shoot for some days. After that he then decided to take up the offer of being trained by Banks….and yet still managed to break another rib and a finger too. Even more bizarrely the film was directed by one of the great American directors John Huston who had directed Caine on the Man who would be King with Sean Connery way back in 1975.
The 2019 Escape to Victory remake was penned by Gavin O’Connor and Anthony Tambakis way back in 2017 and at the moment Tambakis is working on doing a rewrite. Gianni Nunnari and Bernie Goldmann are producing for what will be a Warners brothers film.