- Aug 19, 2001
He has a knack for presenting obsessed, repellant characters in a way that makes them seem both logical and compelling
That could work, then, as long as other things are handled in a manner similar to the original.
What I like about the original is that while Howie is obsessed and a character whom you really don't like, neither does the audience feel good when he's burned alive. I hope the remake can avoid the trap of (1) making Howie so repulsive that the audience is glad he's killed or (2) making the islanders one-dimensional badguys and I'm not sure a Universal-backed movie is up to the task.
"Some people think I'm over-prepared, paranoid...maybe even a little crazy. But they never met any pre-Cambrian life forms, did they?"
I could see the story being adapted as a Mexican film in which the ancient Mayan/Aztec practices are used, but North America lacks the rich pagan tradition that would make this a true cautionary tale like the original.
Perhaps you're right. OTOH, this country has borrowed so liberally from so many cultures and traditions that I'm not prepared to accept as gospel that there's no possible American setting in which the story of The Wicker Man could be effectively reconceived. I'd rather let creative people have the opportunity to try. Maybe they'll fail, but they also might succeed.
But all of this is sheer speculation. My comments were limited to the general "remakes are bad" attitude exhibited at various points in this thread. I disagree, and I'm sorry if that offends you.
If Neil LaBute writes and directs, I'll take that bet.
I see your point. But even if he writes and directs, do you really think they'll give him complete creative control? I kind of doubt it...
"Death's at the bottom of everything, Martins - leave death to the professionals!"
"Mind if I use that line in my next Western?"
I have said before that a remake set in the americas might work as the influx of "communes" in the 50's & 60's could add credence to the idea of a rich radical buying his own island (the upper west & east coasts have many) and the rest of the story would fall into place.
I think that movie came out last year.