Why Would Anyone Remake This Movie? "Logan's Run"

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  1. Rogue1-and-a-half Manager Emeritus who is writing his masterpiece

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    By far the weakest link in Picture of Dorian Grey is Hurd Hurdlebottom or whatever the dude's name was (Hatfield, I think, if I'm to be serious about it :p ).

    But I don't necessarily object either, particularly if they cast either Alan Rickman or Jeremy Irons in the George Sanders part.
  2. king_alvarez Jedi Knight

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    I will watch this with interest, and hopefully enjoy the movie on its own, but I don't see how any movie could do the book justice.
  3. Zaz Jedi Grand Master

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    The interest of the book is the narrator's voice...Wilde himself.
  4. Zaz Jedi Grand Master

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    From the "Den of Geek"


    "38 Planned Movie Remakes You Didn't Know About

    Simon Brew

    The Thing? Fame? Footloose? Akira? Just some of the names being raided once more by a Hollywood system that's fast running out of ideas...

    We?ve already pointed out recently 30 sequels that were in the works in the factories of Hollywood ? but how about remakes? Cast your eyes over this little lot, and prepare to be depressed?

    The Shadow
    Presumably this a reboot of the hilarious-but-iffy Alec Baldwin non-franchise of the mid-90s. Sam Raimi is producing, and the project is at the screenplay stage right now. Expect a release no sooner than 2010."

    One word: Why?
  5. Rogue1-and-a-half Manager Emeritus who is writing his masterpiece

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    I could see that. The Shadow is an iconic character for me; I grew up listening to the old radio broadcasts on cassette tapes and, for quite a while, a radio station near my home town that broadcast them on Saturday nights.

    The movie was quite a misfire; not entirely sure why either. Thirties Art Deco, Ian McKellen and even Alec Baldwin was right for the part really. But it was just silly.

    But I could see it working. It's a pretty grim mythology the Shadow belongs to really.
  6. Chancellor_Ewok Force Ghost

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    I agree. There is a great movie hidden in there somewhere. The Alec Baldwin Shadow film wasn't it, however. The fact that Sam Raimi is producing means that the script, special effects and sets should be top notch, which is good considering that The Shadow is basically a darker, nastier incarnation of Batman with guns, telepathy and mind control.
  7. severian28 Force Ghost

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    Is it a good thing when mid-90's films are already being remade ? Im asking seriously, and im a big-time proponent of remakes, too and it worries me. I thought it was a good film, too, and that Alec Baldwin was great in it.
  8. Chancellor_Ewok Force Ghost

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    In this case, yes. Comic books movies are taken alot more seriously know than they were in 1994. The Alec Baldwin film, IMHO was a joke. I've listened some of the original radio plays and they can REALLY twisted at times. My favourite was in Firebug when he locked two arsonists in a basement and killed them with their own kerosene and matches. My pick for this film would be Christopher Nolan, due to the darkness of the subject matter, but I am confident that the inclusion of Sam Raimi will ensure the creative freedom and a sufficiently large special effect budget to ensure a well made film.
  9. Zaz Jedi Grand Master

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    Battle Royale

    "The brilliant, brilliant, brilliant Asian movie is getting a Western remake. Producer Neal H Moritz is currently attached to the project, which has been optioned but not yet got much further. It didn?t help that New Line was linked with funding the film, and the same New Line got swallowed up by Warner Bros totally the other week."
  10. ApolloSmileGirl Jedi Grand Master

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    Just what we need, another watered down western remake of a film that never was even officially released in the U.S. since no studio dared to pick up the foreign rights and release it due to it's subject matter.

    I'll bet it'll be PG13, and instead of weapons they use semi-harsh language and insults on the island. :rolleyes:

    Brilliant concept.
  11. Zaz Jedi Grand Master

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    Starfighter

    "A planned remake of the 1984 movie The Last Starfighter, which remains popular today. Nick Castle is currently attached to direct the project (he did the original as well, although his biggest hit as director is the 1993 kids? movie Dennis). We fear this one may get lost in development hell. Hope not."


    Another one that *DOES NOT NEED* a remake!
  12. The2ndQuest Tri-Mod With a Mouth

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    A sequel? Maybe, I could see that. A remake? Why in the name of all that is holy would you remake a classic like that?
  13. Zaz Jedi Grand Master

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    The Evil Dead

    "Sam Raimi is attached to the remake of one of his most loved films, with both he and Bruce Campbell on producing duties. Set for release at some point next year, they?ll have to get their skates on, as there?s no sign of cameras being turned on just yet."

    I can understand the suits remaking a movie. But its own director?
  14. The_Smirking_Revenge Jedi Knight

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    Yes.. It most desperately does. Talk about a flick with so much potential to be one of the best Sci-fi epics even made... Unfortunately, it was poorly executed and due to the horrible FX, terrible acting, and bad set-pieces. This one doesn't need a sequel, it NEEDS a REMAKE. Remember, this one came post-Star Wars. There's no excuse for such horrible execution. If done today, it stands a chance to do extremely well... Unless it turns out like Wing Commander. I dig the original, but more for the idea and the story than any other part of it.

    -T_S_R

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    It wasn't poorly executed- it was supposed to be a little campy. It's almost the equivilent of the self-aware sci-fi movie (but not a satire or send-up of the genre ala Galaxy Quest or Scream). Even with the dash of camp it has, it's still creepy at times (those assassin creatures still give me the creeps, and the digital death throe screams of the servants abaord the ships is disconcerting) and just meant to be fun.

    When I was rewatching it for the first time in awhile a couple years ago, I was actually surprised how well the CGI held-up- there are certain shots could almost pass for a modern movie. Though, obviously, other shots betray their age and nature more easily, even they aren't really out of place with the idea of the movie- he's essentially living a video game, so the FX looking like a video game seems perfectly natural.

    If they remade the movie it would lose all of it's charm and they'd change the arcade machine to an Xbox disc and kill the premise and the intimidating arcadey sound design would be replaced by a contemporary one that would fail to evoke the best moments of the original.

    They'd probably keep the music, though. The main fanfare is rather fantastic.
  16. Merlin_Ambrosius69 Force Ghost

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    Re: The Evil Dead, I've loved the movie since 1982, but it's an amateur effort with an extremely low budget that shows its poor production values on-screen. This is not a knock against the film, merely an observation. I feel it would benefit from a slicker remake, as long as the genuinely scary atmosphere and realistic feel were maintained.
  17. The_Smirking_Revenge Jedi Knight

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    Well I think it deserves an update. Lose the Camp, because really? there's just not enough of that in sci-fi/fantasy flicks these days? Pirates anyone? TLS is one of those flicks that should carry some emotional weight. Does the original still have some good moments, yes, but not enough to make me believe it shouldn't be remade. I honestly don't care what they change as long as it holds true to the story and improves on the inadequacies of the original.

    Now as far as Evil Dead goes... It really would lose all it's charm, and probably end up being a lot like that crap-ass Rob Zombie remake of Halloween... Which couldn't have been worse if Rob Zombie danced around in a pretty pink tutu singing "I'm an Oscar Meyer Wiener" at the top of his lungs throughout every scene. This one ACTUALLY falls under the "DO NOT DISTURB" heading.

    - TSR

  18. Drac39 Force Ghost

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    Raimi stated he wanted to do Evil Dead IV. Evil Dead in the wrong hands is just more gore porn
  19. Merlin_Ambrosius69 Force Ghost

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    Oddly enough, they're talking about doing a Raimi-directed Evil Dead IV, AND a re-make/reboot in the near future.

    Crazy, huh?? I love crazy.
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  21. Nrf-Hrdr Jedi Master

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    The Evil Dead remake has been in development hell for years. If it ever gets made I doubt it will be for a very long time. Like most people I'd rather see an Evil Dead IV that follows on from Army of Darkness's apocalyse ending, staring a middle-aged Bruce. A recipe for glory! I have a hard time seeing that happen either though.
  22. Zaz Jedi Grand Master

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    Next: "Knight Rider"

    "Forget the recent TV rebooting, the Weinstein Company has the option to produce a feature film, and the original creator of Knight Rider ? Glen A Larson ? is hard at work on the screenplay. Expect a release around 2010/11. If the new TV version doesn?t kill the franchise stone dead, of course? "

    Of course.
  23. The2ndQuest Tri-Mod With a Mouth

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    Hopefully they'll get a better looking car than the new show, or at least keep the scanner light on the grill and not make it look like it's doing cylon cocaine.

    In a perfect world, a movie would come down to a supercar duel between KITT and KARR that would put the Bond films to shame.

    There's also a chance a movie could restore the "loner on a crusade" underground aspect that was lost with the new series going more federal/police-mission-based to appeal to CSI-type viewers.
  24. Rogue1-and-a-half Manager Emeritus who is writing his masterpiece

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    I read a review of the new series and the reviewer said that it made you long for Hasselhoff.

    I mean, jeeeeeez . . . that's pretty damn bad.
  25. The2ndQuest Tri-Mod With a Mouth

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    It's really not any worse than the original series, on the whole. Just swapping out 80's camp for 00's camp. Same general structure, only now the encounter are more mission-assigned-based and less "Michael and KITT wander into a small town and discover trouble's abrewin'", and they doubled/tripled (depending on what seaosn you're comparing) the support crew.

    One of the more common complaints is the drier personality for KITT being somewhat HAL-ish, but it looks like theat may be intentional as they're slowly having KITT develop more personality- understanding humor, making a joke, etc as the episodes progress.

    The first episode kinda sucked, though, and I'm still not sold on the truck-mode (have we learned nothing from Team Knight Rider?) and a few other things that can hopefull be tweaked as it goes along.


    It's also weird having the actor who played Billy on BSG play another character named Billy on Knight Rider. (And my name is Billy too, so that has to mean something, right? [face_thinking] ;) )
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