Fox taps Flowers for ‘Taps’ remake

Davis, Brenner to produce military drama

Twentieth Century Fox and New Regency will remake “Taps,” the 1981 military drama that launched the careers of Tom Cruise, Sean Penn and Timothy Hutton.

Frank E. Flowers will write the screenplay with an eye toward directing.

The film will be produced by John Davis; Robbie Brenner will exec produce.

In the Harold Becker-directed original, a group of loyal cadets seize control of their military academy just as construction crews arrive to tear it down and make room for condos. “The political climate and the psyche of the country make it an exciting time to tell that story,” Flowers told Daily Variety. “When you are at war, kids are forced to make decisions normally reserved for adults, like fighting for your country and standing up for what you believe in.”

Flowers, who last directed “Haven” and has been readying the Jamaica-set drama “The Gardens,” will begin writing immediately.

He’s repped by WMA.

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