Posted on Tuesday, March 17th, 2015 by Russ Fischer
Here’s a movie that is a great choice for a remake. Blue Thunder was a 1983 action/thriller featuring Roy Scheider as the pilot of a state of the art helicopter being used as an experimental addition to the LAPD’s arsenal with the idea of controlling crowds during the 1984 Olympics. It has hung around as an object of fascination for helicopter enthusiasts, but doesn’t have a huge mainstream profile now.
The original is only an OK movie, but it has concepts that are terrific and as timely as ever, especially with respect to the militarization of civilian police forces, and the interaction between law enforcement and technology. Now there’s a Blue Thunder remake in the works, and it will immediately distinguish itself from the original by focusing on a drone, rather than a ‘copter with a human pilot. Read More »