'Commando' remake in the works: Who should take Arnold Schwarzenegger's role?

Commando-ArnoldImage Credit: Everett CollectionFox is readying to remake Arnold Schwarzenegger’s 1985 hit Commando, according to a report from Deadline‘s Mike Fleming. Training Day scribe David Ayer is set to write and direct the update of the classic kill-em-all action pic, in which the future Governator starred as a government agent forced out of retirement to rescue his daughter from an evil dictator.

So who’s up for filling Arnie’s shoes, you ask? We’ve got a few nominees: How about Quinton “Rampage” Jackson, star of the upcoming A-Team movie and professional UFC bone-breaker? Or maybe Channing Tatum, if he’s ready to rumble again getting mushy in Dear John? Or maybe you swap “father” for “brother” in the movie’s pitch and cast an up-and-comer like Twilight star Taylor Lautner? Come to think of it, who says it has to be a guy? Something tells us Angelina Jolie could take out a maniacal despot and still make it home in time for Shiloh’s afternoon nap.

Okay PopWatchers, it’s your turn to play casting couch: Who should be the next Commando?


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  • solarjetpro

    Gerard Butler should be on the shortlist. Duh.

    • Zeddicus “Zedd” Zu’l Zorander

      I’m sorry but all of the suggestions in the article are beyond stupid – Taylor Lautner, are you are on his payroll or have a crush on him? The original was great, no need to remake it, no real tough guys anymore, just a bunch of wimps.

      • joshua leonard

        Don’t forget about Craig Sawyer. He is the real deal and not some wimp. Check him out on Discovery’s Sniper Deadliest Missions or on the History Channel’s Top Shot.

  • Jay

    Manu Bennett, who plays Crixus in Spartacus: Blood and Sand.

    • Cara

      I really really really don’t want this movie to be remade, but if it I must I think you’re on to something with your suggestion!

      • nate

        totally agree

  • CountryClub

    Awful idea!

  • darclyte

    Of the movies that scream out for a remake, this was not even emitting a whisper.

  • topher

    When are they remaking Ishtar?

    • nate

      hahaha lol

  • patrick reagan

    Really now, if you are going to talk about the greatest action star of all time you should know when his movie came out. 1987 was Predator and Running Man, Commando is from 1985…know your facts! And please, no remake on this classic Arnie movie!

  • yodelmuffin

    This movie should NOT be remade. Just like the karate kid should not have been remade. Some things are just pop culture royalty and shouldn’t be sullied by crappy remakes. Aren’t there any original ideas out there anymore?

    • Terry

      No, there aren’t. Every story has been told. Why can’t people grasp that concept? Every single film, every single story you see is inspired, based on, adapted from or an offshoot of something previously established. What matters is how those familiar tropes are presented.

      • Mathieu

        Which still doesn’t justify a remake. Use the same basic plot by all means, but don’t cash in on the title and affection people have for the original. The whole reason people like Commando is because it’s absurd. This being the age of miserablist entertainment, they’ll want to make it ‘gritty’ and ‘realistic’ – and a PG. Ugh.

      • Zeddicus “Zedd” Zu’l Zorander

        Yes but why do they need the name of the franchise – its just a marketing gimmick

    • nate

      it wasnt remade.. the idea was there but it was released everywhere else as the kung fu kid.. used the name here for recognition only

      i actually thought it was pretty decent. had the magic of the original

  • QueenCityMichael

    Lindsay Lohan, of course

  • Lilith

    Jason Statham

    • nate

      fail. great actor action wise but no thanks

  • Evan

    If they stay true to the original in style, The Rock would be perfect. If they’re going for something a little more 21st century, it’s got Statham written all over it.

  • michelle

    Channing Tatum or Gerard Butler

  • Lilith

    I can’t take Channing Tatum seriously, he bugs the crap out of me. I don’t know that Gerard Butler would work,if they’re going for the original style, why not Steve Austin? For a 21st century take, Statham would be my only pick.

  • GeeMoney

    Please don’t remake this movie!

  • The Truth

    Why does it have to be a remake? Can’t they just make a new movie using the concept as inspiration? That way you can do anything you want and no one will compare it to the original. Stop remakes, do something you can actually take credit for.

  • Terry

    THE ROCK is the most obvious candidate,but his box office prowess has been tarnished as of late. If SALT becomes another action hit for Angelina, I bet the powers that be might consider her. I think it’s a great idea that gives the concept an awesome spin. Sigourney in ALIENS and Uma in Kill Billproved that maternal instincts will lead a woman to kill, maim and pulverize anything/anyone in her path to protect/rescue/save her child.

    • Daniel

      My money would be on Dwayne
      “The Rock” Johnson…;-)

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