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Remake of motorcycle cult film Easy Rider

December 4, 2022

‘Get your motor runnin’. Head out on the highway. Looking for adventure. In whatever comes our way’. Thus begins Steppenwolf with Born to be Wild. Then in Easy Rider you see Dennis Hopper, Jack Nicholson and Peter Fond riding with their hair in the wind (without helmets) on their chopped-up motorcycles. They are part of a rebel group of bikers as freedom fighters.

Easy Rider from 1969

The film was released in 1969. A time when young people worldwide turned their backs on the yoke of the postwar bourgeois order. The time of Provos in the Netherlands and also of the Flower Power movement in the United States. Easy Rider, as a cult film, outlines a mix of both currents.

Rugged image, peaceful message

‘Yeah, darlin’ gonna make it happen. Take the world in a love embrace. Fire all of your guns at once. ‘And explode into space’ sings Steppenwolf, and that captures the mood of Easy Rider well. As rugged as the image is of the bikers on the silver screen, the underlying message is peaceful.

Still current

The promoters of a modern remake of Easy Rider believe the film’s message is still relevant. It involves a consortium of stakeholders and producers, including Kodiak Pictures, Defiant Studios and Jean Boulle Group. They own the rights to the film originally released by Columbia Pictures.

Script Easy Rider

The producers are looking for screenwriters who can give the spirit of Easy Rider a modern twist. “Our goal is to build on the counterculture and freedom story that the original left us with, and to give today’s youth a film that seriously addresses their own counterculture and challenges,” Kodiak Pictures’ Maurice Fadida told Variety online magazine.

During that time, “Easy Rider” scored two Oscar nominations and competed for the coveted Palme d’Or award at the Cannes Film Festival. It is among the American Film Institute’s 100 best films of all time.