The 1998 ‘killer asteroid’ movie Deep Impact could be getting the reboot treatment, with The Amazing Spider-Man’s director at the helm.
Of the two ‘killer asteroid’ movies that hit cinemas back in 1998, Michael Bay’s Armageddon probably hit the zeitgeist with a greater splash. After all it had Bruce Willis at the peak of his movie star powers, not to mention that song by Aerosmith playing everywhere you went.
However, the same year also saw the release of Deep Impact, an ensemble disaster movie that tackled the same topic. In fact, Deep Impact came out first, and it too proved to be a strong box office hit. Not a bad film either, and if memory serves the first big hit for the-then nascent DreamWorks company.
Deep Impact was directed by Mimi Leder and boasted a great cast, from Robert Duvall to Elijah Wood, Morgan Freeman to Vanessa Redgrave. Now it seems the film is set for a revival, with news emerging at the very end of last week that Paramount has hired 500 Days of Summer director, Marc Webb to oversee a reboot of the film.
The news comes from Hollywood reporter Daniel Richtman so nothing official has been announced as of yet. The original film played it a little less on the cheesy side compared to Michael Bay’s Armageddon and was perhaps better for it. If the new project follows the same template: loads of good actors and a big whopping asteroid bound for Earth, consider us in.
We’ll bring you more on this one as we hear it. But: come on, Hollywood. If we’re getting a reboot of Deep Impact – and you could hardly make a sequel to it – then surely it’s about time we got Michael Bay making something good again, and brought him back to the world of Armageddon? Is that too much to ask?
More details, then, as we hear them.
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