If it's crap ... We'll tell you
I think it's safe to say that we've all seen our fair share of terrible movies. In my experience, the movies that are truly soul-crushing are the ones that have greatness buried deep under a pile of fuckwittery. Just think for a moment; have you ever seen a movie with a great premise or visual style that was just DESTROYED by bad acting or a terrible script? These films always flash one thing in bright red lights: REMAKE. If a movie has interesting things about it, why NOT take those things and remake it into a better film? Do any of you have ideas for remakes of bad films? Ever been disappointed by a movie and then thought about ways that it could be improved? If so, LIST 'EM!
I'll start with the first one that comes to my mind:
Lady in the Water
I realize that this movie has a lot of fans, but I'm going to have to be blunt; I think this movie is awful. Not only is the story preposterous and filled with wooden characters, but it's infused with M Night Shyamalan's surprisingly large God complex. As the story gets more convoluted, the more Shyamalan asserts that he's a misunderstood genius that will one day revolutionize all of everything.
That being said, and not everyone will agree with this, I actually think that the core idea is incredibly interesting. When the film explains the mythology through an animation segment in the beginning, I was actually on board, and the idea of a creature from that mythology interacting with a human living in the modern-day is something I'd like to see explored. Plus, I actually like the cool, calm color-scheme of the film. Unfortunately, the movie builds on all of this in a way that's completely unnecessary and convoluted.
I think that someone should remake Lady in the Water, but only loosely. Streamline the mythology (change or get rid of arbitrary bullshit like the Guardian/healer/interpreter positions to make the story less clunky), give the human characters more depth, remove the pretentious messages, and make the movie a bit more down-to-Earth as a whole. With interesting visuals and good director who knows how to reign himself in, I think someone could turn this into a truly great, atmospheric fantasy film in the likeness of Let the Right One In.
I've been meaning to check out that sci fi miniseries just never got around to it.
there were some things that I did actually like about the original, but overall I just couldn't get over the movie as a whole. The script seemed to be pasted together with pages ripped straight out of the book. alot of the dialogue was almost word for word the same as the book.
I agree though that dune is too complex for only one film. you'd definitely need two movies to do it justice. maybe even three if you really wanted to do a good job.
Event Horizon - great idea but they botched the execution. We just need some one who's really good at horror films to direct, and the script will have to be tweaked (a lot).
Did they ever do a Hannibal (not Lecter)l film? that would be good.