Jacob's Ladder (2019 film)

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Jacob's Ladder
Directed byDavid M. Rosenthal
Produced byMichael J. Gaeta
Mickey Liddell
Jennifer Monroe
Will Packer
Alison R. Rosenzweig
Pete Shilaimon
Screenplay byJeff Buhler
Sarah Thorp
Story byJake Wade Wall
Jeff Buhler
Based onJacob's Ladder
by Bruce Joel Rubin
StarringMichael Ealy
Jesse Williams
Nicole Beharie
Karla Souza
Guy Burnet
Music byAtli Örvarsson
CinematographyPedro Luque
Edited byRichard Mettler
Distributed byVertical Entertainment[1]
Release date
  • August 23, 2019 (2019-08-23) (United States)
Running time
89 minutes[2]
CountryUnited States

Jacob's Ladder is an upcoming American psychological horror film directed by David M. Rosenthal and written by Jeff Buhler and Sarah Thorp. It is a reimagining of the 1990 film of the same name. The film stars Michael Ealy, Jesse Williams, Nicole Beharie, Karla Souza, and Guy Burnet.

It is scheduled to be released on August 23, 2019, by Vertical Entertainment.


"After losing his brother in combat, Jacob Singer returns home from Afghanistan — only to be pulled into a mind-twisting state of paranoia. Singer soon realizes that his sibling is alive but life is not what it seems."[3]




In 2013, The Midnight Meat Train screenwriter Jeff Buhler was reported to be writing a script for LD Entertainment's new version of Jacob's Ladder, based on an earlier draft by Jake Wade Wall. According to The Hollywood Reporter, "the producers are looking to make something more akin to an homage and not mimic the original. The plan is to contemporize the story with new situations and characters but still maintain a story that examines issues and poses existential questions".[8]

James Foley was attached as director in November 2013.[9] By March 2016, Foley was no longer attached to the project and was replaced by David M. Rosenthal.[10][11] Rewrites were provided by Sarah Thorp when Buhler was unavailable to return.[12]

Buhler said that since, due to two recent wars, the American "cultural understanding of the experience of warfare and what it does to people mentally" has become "a completely different place than it was" in 1990, he decided to not be "necessarily going to the same conclusion, and finding a new way to give the audience an experience that is similar in terms of impact and feeling, but that doesn't play the same tune. It was a very tricky situation in the sense that we were trying to recreate something, but honor the spirit and concept (of the original), while telling a different story".[13] Buhler promised a different twist ending than in the original 1990 film.[14]

Casting and filming[edit]

In March 2016, it was announced The Perfect Guy star Michael Ealy had signed on to star in and executive-produce the film.[4][15] In April 2016, Jesse Williams and Nicole Beharie joined the cast of the film,[5] followed by Guy Burnet and Karla Souza in June.[7][6] Williams described the film as "a total re-imagining of the cult classic".[16]

Principal photography began on May 2, 2016.[17]


Jacob's Ladder is scheduled to be released on August 23, 2019.[18][19][20] Previously, the film was set to be released by LD Entertainment on February 1, 2019.[21]

The first official trailer for the film was released on July 1, 2019.[22][23]


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  8. ^ Boris Kit, 'Jacob's Ladder' Getting Remake Treatment (Exclusive), The Hollywood Reporter, 6/28/2013.
  9. ^ "'House of Cards' Director James Foley Climbs Aboard 'Jacob's Ladder' Homage (Exclusive)". TheWrap. November 20, 2013. Retrieved June 19, 2014.
  10. ^ Williams, Owen (March 22, 2016). "Michael Ealy to Star in Jacob's Ladder Remake". Empire. Retrieved March 11, 2019.
  11. ^ McNary, Dave (March 21, 2016). "The Perfect Guy Star Michael Ealy Joins Jacob's Ladder Reboot". Variety. Retrieved March 31, 2019.
  12. ^ Gingold, Michael (February 7, 2019). "Exclusive Interview: Screenwriter Jeff Buhler Talks The Prodigy and the Jacob's Ladder Remake". Rue Morgue. Retrieved May 19, 2019.
  13. ^ Miller, Ryan (April 9, 2014). "Writer Jeff Buhler on the upcoming remakes of The Grudge and Jacob's Ladder". JoBlo.com. Retrieved July 3, 2019.
  14. ^ "Exclusive Interview: Screenwriter Jeff Buhler talks 'THE PRODIGY' and the 'JACOB'S LADDER' remake". Rue Morgue. February 7, 2019. Retrieved February 21, 2019.
  15. ^ Lemieux, Jamilah (April 19, 2016). "[Exclusive] Jacob's Ladder Remake with Michael Ealy, Jesse Williams, Nicole Beharie". Ebony. Retrieved March 31, 2019.
  16. ^ Kennedy, Gerrick (April 19, 2016). "Michael Ealy, Jesse Williams and Nicole Beharie to Lead Jacob's Ladder Reboot". LA Times. Retrieved March 31, 2019.
  17. ^ "On the Set for 5/6/16: Taron Egerton Starts 'Kingsman' Sequel, Hugh Jackman Begins on 'Wolverine 3', Rooney Mara & Robert Redford Finish 'The Discovery'". SSN Insider. May 6, 2016. Archived from the original on December 20, 2016. Retrieved December 13, 2016.
  18. ^ Olsen, Tambay (July 1, 2019). "'Jacob's Ladder' Trailer: Long-Delayed All-Black Remake Gets a Creepy New Look". IndieWire. Retrieved July 1, 2019.
  19. ^ Squires, John (May 17, 2019). "Vertical Entertainment Acquires 'Jacob's Ladder' Remake and Sets Summer Release Date". Bloody Disgusting. Retrieved May 19, 2019.
  20. ^ Miska, Brad (January 2, 2019). "'Jacob's Ladder' Remake Now Releasing Later in 2019". Bloody Disgusting. Retrieved March 11, 2019.
  21. ^ Miska, Brad (August 22, 2018). "No Hallucinations, the 'Jacob's Ladder' Remake is Coming in 2019". Bloody Disgusting. Retrieved March 11, 2019.
  22. ^ "Jacob's Ladder - Official Trailer (HD) - Vertical Entertainment". YouTube. Vertical Entertainment US. July 1, 2019. Retrieved July 3, 2019.
  23. ^ Pulliam-Moore, Charles (July 1, 2019). "The First Trailer for David Rosenthal's Jacob's Ladder Remake Is Stunning". io9. Gizmodo. Retrieved July 3, 2019.

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