Is John Travolta prepared to slip on his evil shoes once again as the head bad guy in the upcoming Tony Scott remake of “The Taking of Pelham 123”? Yes, says Variety. In recent years, Travolta’s best movies have been with him as the nasty villain trying to blow up or steal something, or preferably, a combination of both. He was great in John Woo’s “Broken Arrow” and even better in “Swordfish”. (And no, I’m not forgetting about “The Punisher”, but I would like to pretend that that movie never happen, so let’s just move on, shall we?) So he should bring a lot of fun to the remake, the premise of which sounds like it was made to be somber and dark. Travolta as the bad guy is just fun, folks.
Travolta will play the leader of a quartet that hijacks a Gotham subway train and threatens to kill the passengers unless a ransom is paid. The role was originated in the 1974 film by Robert Shaw. Washington plays the chief detective of security for the subway, a role originated by Walter Matthau in the Joseph Sargent-directed drama.
David Koepp wrote the script and Todd Black, Jason Blumenthal and Steve Tisch are producing through Escape Artists. Tony Scott is also producing through his Scott Free banner. The film rolls into production early next year.
The remake will be directed by Tony Scott (brother of Ridley) and star Denzel Washington as the cop trying to put the smack down on Travolta’s nefarious plans.