REMAKES that could work in the right hands...

Discussion in 'Archived Threads 2001-2004' started by Dick, Nov 29, 2001.

  1. Dick

    Dick Producer

    May 22, 1999
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    I see the roster of up-coming re-makes and see titles such as TNT's SALEM'S LOT and think, "Why? The original was just fine, thanks." I began to condemn news of the forth-coming "Time Machine" remake until I decide that maybe it could work, as today's special effects could improve on the somewhat quaint ones in the original (good in their day), and maybe the filmmakers would stick to Well's plot more closely, especially the ending. But I'm not optimistic because I've seen most remakes concentrating on fast editing and explosions and shallow characters and bullshit. Case in point: these atrocious remakes of William Castle films (which weren't exactly classics themselves but at least had chuzpah and atmosphere)...and THE HAUNTING and PLANET OF THE APES just have me scratching my head. If put in the right hands, there might be some films - even ones that were good originally, that could be improved upon, but ONLY IN THE RIGHT HANDS. It looks like Peter Jackson has done right by LOTR, whereas Bakshi pretty much ruined it with bad rotoscoping and a truncated ending. But what else? We don't need hacks like Michael Bay being entrusted to remake something like WAR OF THE WORLDS or some MTV debutante screwing with FORBIDDEN PLANET 2003. We need more screenwriters who actually understand character development and dialog, without using the "F" word fifty five times in two hours. We need directors who don't fall back on staccato editing in order (try to) to disguise their crappy plot development (i.e. ARMAGEDDON). So, having spoken my piece, I ask: What film, given the right combination of writer, director, editor, etc., might be in line for a re-make?
  2. SteveGon

    SteveGon Executive Producer

    Dec 11, 2000
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    A remake of Odd Man Out, written and directed by Neil Jordan and starring Gabriel Byrne might be pretty good. Only problem is, who would fill Robert Newton's shoes?
  3. Jason Seaver

    Jason Seaver Lead Actor

    Jun 30, 1997
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    The Producers, if only to see Mel Brooks break some sort of record for number of times a name is in the opening credits:

    "MGM and Mel Brooks Productions Present...

    "A Mel Brooks Film

    "With Mel Brooks

    "Exectuive Producer: Mel Brooks

    "Music & Lyrics: Mel Brooks

    "Screenplay: Mel Brooks

    "Based Upon the Play by Mel Brooks

    "Itself Based upon the screenplay by Mel Brooks

    "Director: Mel Brooks"

    Occasionally, while watching a movie on AMC or at the local rep-house, I've mentally thought about recasting it with today's actors and updating it, but only one or two really struck me as needing it. I think there might be a funny movie trying to get out of Goodbye Charlie, for example, especially if you can get Amanda Peet in the title role.
  4. Bill J

    Bill J Producer

    Oct 27, 2001
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    I always tought that a remake of The Longest Day could work.

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