20th Century Fox has hired David Ayer to write and direct a remake of the 1985 Arnold Schwarzenegger-starrer Commando. Erwin Stoff and John Davis will produce.
Ayer is a former Navy soldier who wrote Training Day and moved into directing with Harsh Times and Street Kings.
Deadline New York says Ayer “will put his own real-world spin on this original premise: a retired elite special forces operative sees his daughter kidnapped and is told she’ll die unless he gets on a plane and kills the rival of a nasty exiled dictator. In the original, Schwarzenegger jumped off the plane before takeoff, and killed everyone involved in the kidnap plot.”
Ayer’s version of the character “will be less brawny, but more skilled in covert tactics and weaponry.”