Big Budget DAWN OF THE DEAD remake!!?

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  1. Martin Jeeves

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    I'm sure if you search this forum, there are a few threads about the remake (when news first got out).

    Good: James Gunn is going for adults, instead of teenagers like we were all thinking.

    Bad: James Gunn is remaking a masterpiece (bad idea #1) to be mainstream (bad idea #2).
     
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    I am sick and tired of remakes. We've got the Dawn of the Dead remake, a Texas Chainsaw Massacre remake, a Wicker Man remake. None of these are needed and I think they are very bad ideas.

    I'm not totally against remakes. Carpenter's The Thing is a classic. (One could argue though, that perhaps the reason it works so well is that it is not so much a remake of an original movie but another, more faithful, attempt at making a movie of an original story.) However most of the time remakes just indicate how little creativity exists in the big-budget movie industry.
     
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    Actually, Julie, the Carpenter version would be better classified as a second adaptation of John W. Campbell Jr.'s novella Who Goes There?, rather than as a remake of the '50s classic.

    And I agree: Do we really need a remake of Dawn of the Dead? And aren't we getting tired of all these big-budget retreads that are inferior to the leaner originals?
     
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    Julie, what was that other Antarctica-based story? Curious.
    Agreed, too, that a pointless remake of Dawn would miss the idea of the original--it will be gorier yet watered down, because the classic original was a commentary, among other things, on consumerism. Today's MTV-influenced audiences aren't into clever commentary.
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    Is Dawn of the Dead really a classic? I would agree that Night of the Living Dead is a classic. But to me, Dawn of the Dead was terrible(my opinion), and never on the level of the original Dead movie. I agree a remake is a stupid and completely unoriginal idea. But is it really a classic? Maybe it is and I just don't know it is. It just seems that the word classic sometimes gets thrown around too easily.

    Okay Hollywood, get some original ideas and stop remaking everything.
     
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    Thanks for the commentary, Julie! Always a pleasure.

    Terrell: Some Romero afficianados like Dawn better than Night. It is widely regarded as a classic.
     
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    I may not even be thinking of the correct film, there's been so many f those films made. Is Dawn the one where they're trapped in a mall?
     
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    Julie, did they make a movie based on At the Mountains of Madness?
    I read a few reviews of the book in Amazon.com and it sure would make for a very interesting movie.
     
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    Terrell: Yes, that's the one. JB
     
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    Ugh, Del Toro is wholly unimpressive, but I suppose another Lovecraft movie can't possibly be worse than several of the stinkers already out. I want to see one done as a period piece that actually uses Lovecraft's talent for language, but I know that's just wishful thinking.
    A remake of The Wicker Man? How can they remake a film based around a famous set piece finale? And of course they'll scrub out all the music that makes it so unique.
    And I completely agree with everything Julie says about the Dawn remake.
     
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    This is an absolutely AWFUL idea! DAWN OF THE DEAD is indeed a classic, and it doesn't need some lame as hell, watered down remake from the writer of the SCOOBY DOO movie! Stuff like this really makes me, a seasoned horror fanatic, angry as all hell! And whats worse is that Hollywood is remaking other horror classics as well, such as the master, Cronenberg's SCANNERS (this is the one I am most pissed off about!! [​IMG] ), a re-remake of THE BLOB, and a remake of the brilliant Christopher Lee masterpiece, THE WICKER MAN, not to mention several others, that out of sheer disgust, I will not name right now! Ah, what the hell! Here are the rest: TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE, DON'T BE AFRAID OF THE DARK, and PULSE (aka KAIRO).
    The only remake that looks promising is the reamke of the excellent Japanese horror film, RING. With Naomi Watts, and some good things I've heard about it, this film could turn out to be a great remake. Time will tell.
     
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    WOW! Oh well, can't really call myself a Romero fan. But that is interesting. I've seen both. In fact, I saw Dawn just the other night on cable. I thought Night of the Living Dead was easily superior, and a true classic, whereas I did not like Dawn of the Dead at all. Different strokes for different folks.

    But I can imagine how true fans must feel. Even though I'm not a true fan, I can imagine Raiders or Star Wars being remade. Absolutely terrible idea.
     
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