Saturday, December 6, 2008

Remake Mania

Three remakes of classic movies have just been announced.

"Romancing the Stone"

According to The Hollywood Reporter, "Fox is bringing 'Romancing the Stone' to the big screen again, swinging into development a remake of the 1984 adventure movie and tapping Daniel McDermott to write it.

The original movie helped launch Robert Zemeckis as a director, turned Michael Douglas and Danny DeVito -- then best known for their TV work -- into film stars and established Kathleen Turner as a romantic lead.

Written by Diane Thomas, "Romancing" told the story of a repressed romance novelist who travels to Colombia to find her missing sister only to meet up with an American soldier of fortune. The two embark on a cross-country adventure involving a map, a jewel and a private police force. Thomas wrote the script while working as a waitress in Malibu. It turned out to be her only produced screenplay; she died in a car crash the year after the film's release."

Daniel McDermott's most recent work is in co-writing the thriller "Eagle Eye." He is also working on a script for a remake of "Soylent Green."

"They Live"

John Carpenter's 1988 cult film is being remade.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, "The original film, part sci-fi thriller and part social satire, told the story of a down-on-his-luck construction worker (Roddy Piper) who discovers glasses that let him see aliens walking among us and controlling humanity. The man races against the clock to find a way to stop them.

The movie is known for a fight scene that lasts 5 1/2 minutes and for the line, 'I have come here to chew bubblegum and kick ass ... and I'm all out of bubblegum.'"

There is currently no writer on board.


Russell Brand is in talks to help write as well as star as the lead character in the remake of the classic 1981 film "Arthur."

According to The Hollywood Reporter, "The original movie followed a boozy playboy rascal [played by Dudley Moore] who is set to inherit a fortune if he marries an heiress his family thinks will make something out of him. However, he falls in love with a working-class woman and turns to his valet for help when his family makes him choose between money and love.

Moore was nominated for an Oscar as was Steve Gordon, the film's writer-director. John Gielgud, who played the valet, won the best supporting actor Oscar, and the movie's theme song, 'The Best That You Can Do,' won for original song.

American audiences got their first taste of Brand in 'Forgetting Sarah Marshall,' in which he played a rock star lothario. He next appears with Adam Sandler in 'Bedtime Stories,' which opens on Christmas Day. The Endeavor-repped actor is filming Julie Taymor's adaptation of Shakespeare's 'The Tempest' and will reunite his 'Marshall' co-horts for 'Get Him to the Greek.'"

Have you seen any of these originals? What are your feelings on them being remade? Do you plan on seeing any of these remakes?
More news to come! Catch ya' later!

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