The word sends chills of fear down even the most hardened movie-goers spine. Every once in a blue moon they actually get it right (Dawn of the Dead)
but more often than not it's an embarrassing fiasco for everyone involved.
So now you know how I feel about them, let's take a quick look at some of the remakes that have just been announced:
Despite the abject failure of the recent Sci-Fi channel tv series
, Sony pictures has announced their intent to turn Flash Gordon
into a feature film franchise. Breck Eisner
(who's picture is probably in the dictionary under 'nepotism') is set to direct. He's also working on remakes of The Creature From the Black Lagoon
and The Crazies
. No writers are assigned yet to tell the tale of three Earthlings lost in space on the planet Mongo fighting the evil goateed Ming the Merciless
but I'm assuming it ain't gonna be Charlie Kaufman
Because no one wants to see another Highlander
sequel (aren't there like 12 or something?) instead we get a Highlander
remake. File this under the least surprising remake news ever.
got the rights to it and plans on making it more fleshed out with more back story and more romance. Peter Davis
, one of the original producers (and unfortunately also of all the sequels) who also will be working on this version, talked about the icky element:
"I would hate to think that people viewed 'Highlander' as a sword fighting movie because it's much more than that," he said. "The issues of an immortal falling in love with a woman and knowing she's going to grow old and die in your arms, those are very romantic issues to deal with."
Sounds already screwed.
You've already heard that MGM
wants to remake Robocop
but that's not the only silly 80s actioner they want to redux. Red Dawn
, the movie about American high school students fighting off a communist invasion, is being talked about getting the treatment.
Really? Assuming they're talking about updating it, are they gonna have people from the Middle East invading? I'd be more specific but hell, I can't tell who our enemy is supposed to be over there anymore. Seems like you shoulda gotten on that remake about 6 years ago when all the sheep in our country were more bloodthirsty. What with the pendulum swinging back the other way politically this will most likely be perceived as just offensive. "We've had image problems before,"
MGM honcho Harry Sloan
said, "The film will speak for itself."
SOURCE: The Hollywood Reporter