Jaume Collet-Serra directing remake of classic sports drama Victory
The Spanish film director, who helmed such hits as The Shallows, starring Blake Lively, The Commuter, starring Liam Neeson, and the upcoming Disney’s Jungle Cruise, starring Dwayne Johnson, will do a rewrite of the script originally penned by Warrior director Gavin O’Connor and Anthony Tambakis.
For those unaware, Victory, or Escape to Victory as it was known outside the United States, starred Michael Caine, Sylvester Stallone, Max von Sydow and international soccer star Pelé. Famed director John Huston helmed the project about a group of Allied prisoners of war who take part in a soccer game within a German prison camp during WWII. The group have a tenacity for daring escapes and must decide whether to beat the NAZIs on the field and incite an uprising, or save their own lives.
It’s like The Longest Yard (the Burt Reynolds one) meets The Great Escape, and it’s absolutely awesome in a cheeseball 80s sort of way.