Posted July 13 2003 - 07:43 AM
Eric Peterson wrote (post #1):
| Like it or not, the studios are going to continue to do this, because they believe there is a built-in audience and money. |
Sad, but so true.
| Are there any movies that you've seen that you wish somebody would remake[?] |
My candidate for a remake is Roger Corman's X, The Man with the X-Ray Eyes
This film presents a great
idea that could be expanded upon and made truly alive on screen with today's advances in astronomic, physical, and biological knowledge, and, of course, through the extensive technical advances in film special effects.
The basic premise is that of a man gaining visual access to parts of the universe that are normally "out of sight" of human vision and, therefore, that fall outside of the range of human ken. Since we'll never know everything, the original film has a timelessly and universally valid theme, and is readily "remakable", in my opinion. It wouldn't matter whether the premise of the story were retained to keep the protagonist's new view within the invisible infrared
, or altered to send it in the direction of the invisible ultraviolet
, end of the spectrum. The idea that such a power would get out of one's control and drive one into cognitive areas that no human mind could even begin
to be prepared to go is, for me at least, a thrilling and exciting prospect. If tied in with today's space-probing and -imaging satellite technology (Hubble, Chandra, COBE), all the better.
| . . . I do believe that there are valid reasons for remaking a film. |
* Great Idea, Poorly Executed (i.e. Not a good movie the first time)
* Limitations due to Censorship
* Limitations due to technology
* Drastic differences from the source material (i.e. Book or Play)
This would come mostly under the third entry on your list. But also, with regard to the first point: The original movie can't fairly be said to have been "poorly executed", given its budgetary and other circumstances. It saw clearly the implications
of its premise, but, in a popular-movie market, couldn't
(partially due to technology limitations) and wouldn't
take its premises to anything like an ultimate
conclusion (due to the restrictions on "religious-philosophical-existential" explorations). Some of those hurdles still exist, but, I think, are more superable in today's fractured movie-making market.
The perfect director to render a remorseless, no-nonsense, "take-no-prisoners" delivery of such a vision: David Cronenberg