‘Enemy Mine’ Remake on the Way With “Star Trek: Picard” Showrunner Set to Write
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‘Enemy Mine’ Remake on the Way With “Star Trek: Picard” Showrunner Set to Write

The 1985 cult sci-fi movie Enemy Mine is getting a modern update for 20th Century Studios. While no director has been set yet, THR reports that “Star Trek: Picard” showrunner Terry Matalas will write the remake.

The 1985 film was set in an ongoing interstellar war between humans and a reptilian alien race and starred Dennis Quaid as a human pilot and Louis Gossett Jr. as an alien.  The enemies crash land on a desolate planet, where they’re forced to overcome their prejudices and extreme hatred of one another to survive. Then, a baby enters the equation. It’s a tearjerker.

Enemy Mine was based on a novella by the sci-fi author Barry B. Longyear. The novella was originally published in Isaac Asimov’s Science Fiction magazine in 1979. It was followed by two sequels and eventually collected as a trilogy published under The Enemy Papers.

The film marked the English-language debut of German filmmaker Wolfgang Petersen (Poseidon, The Perfect Storm, Outbreak), who took over a tumultuous production when original director Richard Loncraine was fired. The film, released in December 1985, failed to entice audiences at the box office but would later earn its cult status for its timeless themes of tolerance and acceptance.

As for the remake, there is currently no producer or director on board as of yet.

Before steering the final season of “Star Trek: Picard” to new critical and rating success, Terry Matalas served as the creator and showrunner of the sci-fi series “12 Monkeys” and executive produced the rebooted “MacGyver” series. In other words, it sounds like Matalas is well-equipped to tackle this particular project. 

With only a scribe in place for this remake, expect to hear a lot more about Enemy Mine remake plans in the coming months. Stay tuned.


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