Under The Gun is continuing our efforts to bring you more original and engaging content with REASONABLE REMAKES. Written by film-nerd Justin Proper, this column aims to highlight Hollywood’s forgotten gems and spark debate.
You see, we’ve grown tired of Hollywood rehashing ideas we’re old enough to remember. Why remake something the majority of the planet still remembers and loves deeply when there are tons of films that deserve a chance to be as great as modern technology and skill can make them? If you agree, this column is for you.
It seems like every other day some studio announces that they are remaking some other great movie we all love. Instead of forcing you to click through page after page looking for updates on your favorite upcoming remake I’ve taken it upon myself to compile some remake news for you in this special edition of Reasonable Remakes. Whether you are excited for the upcoming Carrie remake or are still clinging to hope of a new Daredevil flick, I have you covered.
This remake is slated for a 2013 release and is entering production soon. Kimberly Pierce (Boys Don’t Cry) is attached to direct with more of a focus on the original novel than the 1976 film. This movie is supposedly going to have an emphasis on the “found footage” style, but has yet to reveal in what way. The smart money is on cell phone footage mixed with youtube type social media, but we will have to wait to find out. Starring in this remake is Chloe Grace Mortez and Julianne Moore, which gives quite a bit of promise that this one wont suck.
I know how much you guys loved the 2003 version of Daredevil and are thinking “How could they possibly top that wonderful piece of comic book movie gold?”, well it looks like the guys at Fox have heard your cries and decided to ignore them with a planned remake for the franchise. I am going to level with you, this one does not look good so far. Attached to direct is David Slade, the mastermind behind The Twilight Saga: Eclipse. Not only that, but there is a strong chance this remake is coming just so Fox can keep the rights to the Daredevil character, and we all know what happens when a movie gets made just to keep rights…
There really is not too much info on this movie at this time, other than the fact that MGM is working on it. Flying around the rumor mill, however, is that Sam Raimi will be producing the film. Again, this is just a rumor, but a Raimi produced Poltergeist would be something to get excited for as Raimi has done very little in the past that was not successful (screw you, I liked The Grudge, and we do not talk about Spiderman 3).
As a Michigan native the Robocop series holds a special place in my heart. Hell, Detroit even tried to put up a Robocop statue a little while back. When they announced the remake I was a bit bummed, especially with rookie director Jose Padilha attached. But now things might be looking up. Rumor has it that Edward Norton, Rebecca Hall, and Sean Penn are in talks to be involved in the film. It is just a rumor for now, but landing these big names could be just what Robocop needs to make it a worthy remake instead of a misguided exercise in futility.
The 2003 South Korean film Oldboy is a must see that received lots of critical praise and is still a dorm room staple on most campuses (at least in the dorm rooms I hung out in, my friends rule). So when they announced the remake I was less than thrilled. I am a big supporter of just letting foreign films be, Trollhunter still made a ton of money in the U.S. and it did not need a remake to do so. At any rate, the Oldboy remake is happening and it is being directed by Spike Lee. I am not sure how well Spike Lee will handle this film, but I am excited to see what he does with it, especially since Josh Brolin is set to star with rumors of Sharlto Copley taking the villain role. No word yet on a release date, but you should expect to hear a lot more about this remake in the upcoming months.
Stay tuned to Under The Gun Review for further news on these, and other, upcoming remakes and don’t forget to sound off in the comment section about what remakes you are excited for! Also be sure to catch The Avengers this weekend, I hear it is far superior to the original that stars Uma Thurman and Sean Connery