Col’s up to ‘Speed’

Studio revs redo of biker cult pic 'Angels'

Columbia Pictures has fast-tracked “Speed Tribes,” a remake of the cult film “Hell’s Angels ’69” to be written by Peter Dowling.

The original film starred and was co-written by Tom Stern. It’s the nihilistic story of two brothers in Las Vegas who join the Hell’s Angels before a casino robbery, only to become prey for the bikers.

Scottish filmmaker Susan Montford discovered the original and brought the project to the attention of Sony-based Don Murphy and his Angryfilms shingle. Montford then conceived of a new version that would be a “Fast and the Furious” with motorcycles, changing the setting to the present day San Fernando Valley and introducing the Bosozuku, Japanese biker gangs known as “Speed Tribes.”

Original star Stern will exec produce. Montford will produce along with producer Don Murphy of AngryFilms. Rick Benattar at Angryfilms will oversee “Speed Tribes” for the company.

Dowling, repped in the deal by Genesis, most recently penned the original actioner “Flight Plan” for Imagine Entertainment and Touchstone Pictures.

Col production prexy Peter Schlessel will oversee pic’s development with Shannon Gaulding.

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