This Gold Can Stay: HBO Says Cryptic ‘Outsiders’ Tweet Isn’t About a Remake

It’s simply plugging that the movie came to the platform on Jan. 1

The Outsiders
Warner Bros

Don’t worry, Ponyboy fans, “The Outsiders” will stay gold — and away from a remake at HBO.

On Thursday, the official HBO Twitter account posted a picture of the Brat Pack cast from the Francis Ford Coppola-directed ’80s classic writing, “Can we all agree to bring denim looks back this year?”

The throwback shot of “The Outsiders” stars C. Thomas Howell (Ponyboy Curtis), Rob Lowe (Sodapop Curtis), Emilio Estevez (Two-Bit Matthews), Matt Dillon (Dally Winston), Tom Cruise (Steve Randle), Patrick Swayze (Darry Curtis), and Ralph Macchio (Johnny Cade) and the caption prompted confusion among users who thought the cryptic post signaled a remake of the film — which was an adaptation of the 1967 novel of the same name by S.E. Hinton — might be in development at the premium cabler.

The Warner Bros Home Entertainment — the studio behind the coming-of-age flick — account responded with a GIF of Dillon’s character, winking, adding fuel to the possible remake fire.

“If you are planning a remake, you should cancels [sic] those plans immediately !! This is one movie that should NEVER be remade. It was a perfect cast that could never be replaced,” one user wrote.

“I would go on a literal rampage if they tried to remake this,” another wrote.

Warner Bros did not immediately respond to TheWrap’s request for comment on their response. However, a representative for HBO told TheWrap that the tweet was “simply to promote the film on the service” — which became part of HBO’s digital catalog on Jan. 1. So no, there is no remake of “The Outsiders” currently in the works at HBO.

See the original tweet, Warner Bros’ tweet and some of the responses below.