Andrew Davis has had a pretty interesting career as a director. He started off being known primarily as a maker of action movies, particularly action movies starring ponytailed aikido expert Steven Seagal, like Above the Law and Under Siege. He then went on to earn quite a bit of acclaim for directing Harrison Ford and Tommy Lee Jones in a little thriller you might remember called The Fugitive. While that one wasn’t exactly an action film per se, it still contained quite a few action elements and plenty of adult themes, so it didn’t seem like much of a departure. Davis carried on with that strategy for a while, seeing limited success, until finally making a change in the last decade or so to making more family friendly films—like 2003’s Holes and 2006’s Guardian—which was a depressing turn of events to say the least.
Now that his greatest success, The Fugitive, is celebrating its 20 year anniversary with a new home video release, how does Davis plan on honoring that success? Perhaps by going back to his roots and making another movie full of shootings and chase sequences? Not quite. It turns out he’s developed something of an aversion to action over the years, but he still doesn’t mind a good dose of adventure, so he’s planning on making a new version of Robert Louis Stevenson’s old story “Treasure Island.”
The news comes from an interview he did with Crave Online on account of The Fugitive’s anniversary release, where he told their people, “I’m currently putting together a modern version of “Treasure Island” set in post Katrina Louisiana called Thieves Fortune. It’s the treasure of Jean Lafitte, and I think it could be a really interesting, fun movie that could be about something and still be very entertaining.” Lafitte, for those not in the know, was an outrageously French pirate who operated in the Gulf of Mexico during the 19th century.
As far as Davis’ aversion to action movies, the director explained, “I’ve turned down a lot of violent action movies which I don’t want to do. I don’t want to make a film where violence is the entertainment. I had a great time with Holes. I’m interested in doing family movies or four quadrant movies that are based upon quality literature or books.” No longer making movies that use violence as a centerpiece is one thing, but let’s just hope that taking “Treasure Island” and sticking it in a modern setting isn’t an excuse for him to also avoid making movies about peg legs and talking parrots sitting on people’s shoulders. A version of “Treasure Island” without them would be an unforgivable abomination. And honestly, Mr. Davis, what’s wrong with just letting the people have an Above the Law sequel like they want? We’ve been waiting for 25 years now.