The 1952 Western was directed by Fred Zinnemann and starred Gary Cooper as a town marshal forced to face a gang of vengeful killers by himself. The screenplay was written by Carl Foreman. Stanley Kramer produced the film which won four Academy Awards, including best actor for Cooper.
Stanley Kramer’s widow Karen Kramer and Stephen S. Jaffe will produce the remake. Relativity Co-CEO Ryan Kavanaugh and Dana Brunetti, President of Relativity’s Motion Picture and Television Group, will executive produce.
“‘High Noon’ is one of the most iconic films of all time,” Brunetti said. “I’m honored to be a part of modernizing this timeless story, and bringing it to a new generation.”
Relativity said it is staying true to the roots of the original, but will set the story in the present day on the Texas-Mexico border.
“Stanley’s signature films were about social justice, in one form or another,” Karen Kramer said, “and in ‘High Noon’ he even struck an early blow for the empowerment of women. We are delighted to be making this picture with Relativity.”
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Relativity named Brunetti, whose producing credits include “Captain Phillips,” “The Social Network” and “Fifty Shades of Grey,” to head its production in January and emerged from bankruptcy protection in April.
Its first film this year, “The Disappointments Room,” performed poorly at the box office last weekend. It opens heist comedy “Masterminds” on Sept. 30.