John Woo’s Stranglehold, Missing in Action Remake

The Hollywood Reporter currently has an article on writers Jeremy Passmore and Andre Fabrizio (wanna get ahead in Hollywood? get a writing partner), and mentioned that besides working on the “Red Dawn” remake, the duo have also been hired by MGM and the WWE to pen a remake of the Chuck Norris franchise “Missing in Action”. And oh yeah, they’ve also got John Woo’s “Stranglehold” coming, too.

You remember “Missing in Action” from the 1980s, don’t you? It spawned a sequel and a prequel. Chuck Norris played a Vietnam War POV who escapes imprisonment, but decides to come back to rescue other MIAs who, for some reason, were still being held in a Vietnamese POW camp long after the war was over. I never really understood that part of the series, but eh, who am I to complain about a movie where Chuck Norris beats up little evil Vietnamese guys played by Chinese and Japanese actors?

No doubt the WWE is going to be using one of their “superstars” from their large stable of wrestlers to front the “Missing in Action” remake, as they are wont to do (see John Cena, Stone Cold, etc). Low-budget action producer Andrew Stevens will produce along with the Wrestling studio.

Meanwhile, Jeremy Passmore and Andre Fabrizio are also working on a movie adaptation of John Woo’s “Stranglehold” (pictured, above right), a videogame that Woo came out with a few years ago. It was supposed to be a pseudo sequel to Woo’s “Hard-Boiled” movie with Chow Yun Fat, but I guess no one bothered to check it out. The movie, with the suddenly hot again Woo post-“Red Cliff” (the most successful movie in the history of the Asian continent, or so I’m told) should mark a return for Woo to his old glory days of Hong Kong shoot’em ups. Let’s hope he and Chow have kissed and made up since that spate of theirs during “Red Cliff”, when Chow abandoned the project and left Woo scrambling to find a replacement.

Below: American didn’t lose the Vietnam War; Chuck Norris went home for a nap, and America, believing he had abandoned us, surrendered.