It’s hard to imagine that a lot of people can make a movie these days without anyone getting wind of it, especially if that movie is a reboot of an Arnold Schwarzenegger movie, but it looks like it was done as Deadline reported that Arnie’s 1996 movie Gum not only getting a reboot, but that it’s already been recorded by Warner Bros. The report details the new version of the action movie starring Dominic Sherwood, who previously starred in Shadowhunters: The Mortal Instruments and Penny Dreadful: City of Angels, in the lead.
Entitled Eraser: reborn, the film was apparently shot over the summer under the direction of John Pogue, with Jacky Lai, McKinley Belcher III and Eddie Ramos making up the core cast. It seems the filming has all been under the radar, and since there are no big names associated with the project, they probably managed to keep it quiet for that long.
The film is now entering post-production and appears to be aiming for a spring 2022 release, though there’s no word yet on exactly how that release will be delivered. It is believed that the film will not go to HBO Max like many of the Warner Bros movies. As the movie plot follows U.S. Marshal Mason Pollard, a specialist in fabricating crime witnesses’ facial deaths who erases all traces of its existence, suggesting a similar story to the original, it’s clear from the calm manner in which the film was filmed that we are not going to expect a big blockbuster like the Arnold Schwarzenegger original.
The 1996 film took $240 million from its $100 million budget and saw Arnie tear up the screen as a witness protection specialist hired by his colleagues when he became suspicious of their actions while handling a case involving high-tech weapons. . The action thriller was directed by Chuck Russell and co-starred with Vanessa Williams, James Coburn and James Caan.
As expected, with no one seemingly aware of the film’s existence until today, there are very few details as to whether the new version will make any connection to the original, or whether it will be a full reboot. — the last of these seems like the most likely outcome, as it would seem odd to follow up on an Arnie movie without the big man’s involvement. Now that the cat is out of the bag, more information about the film should be available soon, including more specific plot points and a more definitive idea of how the film will be released if it doesn’t go to HBO Max but comes from Warner Home Media.
Warner Bros. has toyed with many of their movie releases due in the next six months, without making a full commitment to return to a theatrical release in the near future, and Eraser: reborn doesn’t sound like one that will break the mold in any way. This news comes from Deadline.