Cult football film ‘Escape To Victory’ set for remake

Pele and Sylvester Stallone starred in 1981 original

Cult football film Escape To Victory is being remade, with The Bourne Identity director Doug Liman set to direct the new version of the 1981 Sylvester Stallone vehicle.

The original saw Stallone and Michael Caine as prisoners of war, forced to play a football match against their German captors. Using the match as cover for an escape attempt, their team-mates included real-life football stars Pele, Ossie Ardiles and several members of the then-successful Ipswich Town side.

The new version, which Warner Bothers told The Guardian is it at the scriptwriting stage, will simply be called Victory, the same as the US version of the original. It isn’t yet known if film-makers will approach current football stars such as Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi or Ipswich Town’s Luke Chambers to take part in the remake.

The film comes as the USA side is enjoying success at the World Cup, after they finished second in their tough group to progress to a Round Of 16 match against Belgium on July 1. USA’s second game in the tournament, a 2-2 draw with Portugal, drew an American TV audience of 18.2 million. That was a record for the sport in America, and was higher than one of the five play-off final games for this season’s Stanley Cup in the National Hockey League.