Okay, It’s Now Official…

Hollywood has run out of ideas:

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The sad thing is, I’ll probably wind up seeing this movie. Not on a weekend night, oh Lordy no – but quite possibly on a Cheap Night – just to see the scene with the Abrams Tank on the big screen.

ETA: Fixed the bug with the previous video link, this one works..

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16 responses to “Okay, It’s Now Official…

  1. dan

    Now, now, Flash – be strong. Remember, if they’re getting to the point of adapting ’80’s series to the screen, can ‘BJ and the Bear: The Movie’ be far behind?

  2. Flash

    Eugh. Don’t even joke about it…

    “Buck Rogers in the 25th Century” might be good…

  3. dan

    Actually, Frank Miller’s doing a ‘Buck Rogers’ movie – don’t know how much resemblance it’ll bear to the TV series, except for having the same source material, that is. But, yeah, that might be good – as would “Airwolf”…

  4. Flash

    Never watched that one, so I’m unable to comment on that…
    I read the original novelization of BR, and it’s quite interesting – let’s hope Miller sticks close to the source material.

  5. Pie

    Why, oh why, oh why can’t they leave things alone? I just watched the trailer and I wanted to cry. And isn’t that Liam Neeson as Hannibal Smith? He must have a hell of a mortgage to pay off.

    I’m sure there were mutterings a few years ago about a remake of Westworld, one of my favourite films. I hope they never get to do it.

    • Flash

      I know what you mean – it would be difficult to surpass the original, even with the level of technology they had then.
      Hollywood seems to screw these things up in two ways:

      1) Disrespecting the Source Material: worst examples: “I Spy”, “The Wild, Wild West” and “Starsky and Hutch”. The original shows were not comedies, and the re-making of them as comedies basically stomped on the memories of everyone who had been a fan. I sincerely fear for “The Green Hornet” and the (thankfully) as-yet-unmade “Six Million Dollar Man”. My heart honestly sank as soon as I heard Seth Rogen was going to play the lead in GH. Disaster in the making. “The Bionic Woman” remake on TV a while back, despite its shortcomings, was a good adaptation with interesting twists, in my opinion. I think it deserved more of a shot. Best case, you can respect the source material and update it to give it more depth, as in 2009’s “Star Trek”.

      2) Mistaking Technology for Substance: worst examples: “Rollerball” and Tim Burton’s “Planet of the Apes”. Just because you could do something better and with more spectacular special effects should not be the primary reason you do. While it is possible that the upcoming remake of “Clash of the Titans” will be an overall improvement on the original, I suspect that the characters will be sacrificed to the gods of CGI to make it popular rather than actually good. Not that the original was all that great either… Again, have to go with “Trek” as an example of how it can be done well.

      I think I’m going to have to go with a full post on this in the near future..

      • Pie

        Please do.

        I agree with everything you said. It’s the misunderstanding of the originals that make the re-makes so bad. Seth Rogen as the Green Hornet? You are joking, aren’t you? I didn’t know about the Six Million Dollar Man – oh dear. Let’s hope that one never comes to fruition. The Bionic Woman wasn’t too bad, but I suppose in this age of instant fame/glamour/ratings, if it doesn’t work within six shows, it’s off before it has a chance to breathe and grow. Imagine the amount of shows we remember in an age long ago, whose brilliance would never had seen the light of day, if producers had just taken them off within the first season.

  6. Pie

    By the way, if they ever did a Westworld remake, who could they possibly find to fill the shoes of Yul Brynner? He’s a scary mofo in that film even now.

  7. Flash

    Sadly, not joking. On the upside, Dynamite Comics looks like they are launching a new Hornet series – I’ve seen some art by Alex Ross which looked pretty amazing. I think I’ll check that out.
    Yul Brynner was kind of a scary mofo anyway, but as a murderous android…

  8. dan

    I think you guys need to get a sense of perspective:

    b. Firstly, “Westworld”‘s already been remade, first as a Simpson’s episode, and then by Michael Crichton himself as ‘Jurasic Park’,

    b. Secondly, the director who was rumoured to be doing the remake was Quentin Tarantino – and he’s got a good enough track record that I’d at least be openminded enough to judge the work on it’s own merits before rushing to judgement.

    c. Finally, let’s suppose it does get made, and it’s a critical and box-office flop:

    so….
    fucking….
    what?

    The last time I checked, the original was still available on VHS/DVD – heck, it’s on ITunes, for that matter. And would be even after the supposed remake got made. To complete the ‘Trek’ trifecta you started, Flash, this sounds all-to-reminescent of the fanboys who complained about the alternate timeline aspect of the movie, saying ‘their trek’ was forever gone.

  9. Flash

    Neverthless, when a movie gets remade, which version will younger people remember? Do they remember Vincent Price in “House of Wax”, or Paris Hilton?
    Having said that, watching Paris Hosebeast get a pipe through the head was very satisfying, so it wasn’t all bad.

    Ok , yes it was.

  10. dan

    Actually, I’m starting to rethink my previous stance on Paris Hilton – if you haven’t caught her appearance on ‘Supernatural’ you should give it a look – she plays a demonic creature which feeds off of celebrity worship and disguises itself as..Paris Hilton. If nothing else, given smart material, she seems to be capable of some dry, self-deprecating humour.

    Otherwise, you’ve got a point, but truthfully that could be said for pretty much any remake – for instance, going back to ‘Trek’, going forward Spock will always be considered to be Zachary Quito, which I don’t think diminishes the work of Leonard Nimoy as the character one bit, it’s just a natural part of moving forward. For that matter, it doesn’t just apply to movies, the field of music if rife with it – how many people do you think know that Big Mama Thornton was the first singer to perform ‘Hound Dog’?

    As for ‘House of Wax’ – you’re absolutely right, the Vincent Price version is vastly superior to the Paris Hilton version – I know this, you know this, and I’m sure that sooner or later, when you manage to get an evening with him away from his mother, your son will know this as well. As for those people who only know the Hilton version – fuck ’em, since when has any True Geek© ever cared what the *popular* crowd thought?

  11. Flash

    Good point, Dan. I would add that along with the appreciation of a film, for me anyway, there comes a certain degree of affection for its specific qualities: acting, dialogue, etc. I think the offense at subsequent poor remakes comes from the disappointment that something we love has been mistreated.
    Are you saying we’re not popular? 😦

  12. dan

    Of course we’re popular Flash, heck, between Patrick Stewart and Peter Jackson being knighted and a comic book fan in the White House, we’re slowly taking over – we just can’t tip our hand too soon.

    Good points on having an affection for the specific qualities – as an example, I haven’t seen the Steve Martin ‘Pink Panther’ films, nor do I *ever* plan to see them, simply because I have no intention of diluting my memory of Peter Sellers as Inspector Clouseau.

    However, it *is* possible to have too great an appreciation for the original, and not recognize that change can be good. ‘Superman Returns’ is a good example of that – I loved the Richard Donner films, and I think Kevin Spacey’s a great actor; however, while Lex Luthor as a kinda sleazy con-man might have worked in the ’70s, when the comic-book version was running around in a purple jumpsuit, it doesn’t work now, after the character’s been revamped as a billionaire industrialist and former President.

    In contrast, ‘Smallville’ has taken tremendous, almost complete, liberties with the Superman mythos, works marvelously. Why? Because it’s got great writing and some really smart casting choices, which leads me to think there should be a third addition to your List of Why Remakes Fail:

    Overreliance on Nostalgia – studios think that all they have to do is slap the title up and fans of the original will flock to the theatres/TV screens, especially if they stick some Star Names on the Credits, without having to waste their time on niggling little details like plotlines. Look, fans (at least most of us) aren’t unreasonable – if you take the effort to make the change worthwhile, we’ll accept it – we accepted the “Battlestar Galactica” remake (although I think it faded after the 2nd season), we accepted a black Nick Fury and we accepted organic webshooters for ‘Spiderman’. Make it good, and we’ll at the very least give it a shot.

  13. dan

    Speaking of unreasonable fans – I wonder how many people are going to complain about this casting choice:

    http://www.comicvine.com/news/idris-elba-cast-as-heimdall-in-thor-movie/139825/

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