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Post by GeorgeC » November 12th, 2005, 1:05 am

First up --

From DarkHorizons.com --
20th Century Fox is doing a Sarah Connor TV series.

That's right -- Terminator: The TV Series. It's tentatively called "The Sarah Connor Chronicles" or C-squared (C^2) for short.

The TV series is a follow-up to Terminator 2: Judgment Day and follows the lives of Sarah Connor and her son John as she tries to protect him and mold him into a future resistance leader. Don't expect any Terminators that look exactly like Arnold.

Looks like nobody learned their lesson from T3.

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From AICN.com --

Secondly, and yet another case of kicking a dead horse is a planned remake of the original Robocop movie.

That's right -- as if two bad sequels, two animated series, and several TV mini-series weren't enough evidence that old Robo is too far rusted to rouse interest anymore, MGM (the owners of Robocop) want to remake the original film with a more contemporary (re: MORE violent) attitude.

Paul Verhoven wisely has sworn off this project.

I'm suspecting most fans of the original Robocop will, too.

After all, the only really good Robocop was the first film...

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Post by Ben » November 13th, 2005, 9:26 am

Tippet's stuff in part 2 was pretty waesome for the time, and still exciting today (which is why I have that in my collection), but everything else was garbage (not talking about the first film, natch).

T3 was on TV here last week...I think the word, simply, is "drab"...

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Post by Meg » November 13th, 2005, 4:11 pm

OMG wut R U talking about????? i SO wanted them 2 make a new robocp movi!!!!!!


...But not really.

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Post by Ben » December 4th, 2008, 9:50 am

Just wading through some press emails this morning and I can't <I>believe</I> how many remakes have been announced!
'Romancing the Stone' remake in works
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.
'They Live' to be reincarnated
John Carpenter's cult 1988 film "They Live" is getting the remake treatment from Universal and studio-based Strike Entertainment, which are in negotiations to acquire the film rights with rights holder Les Mougins.
Russell Brand eyeing 'Arthur' redo
Russell Brand is developing a remake of "Arthur," the 1981 comedy that starred Dudley Moore, for Warner Bros. as a potential starring vehicle.
Soylent Green
Daniel McDermott, a former head of DreamWorks Television who segued to screenwriting, most recently co-wrote the DreamWorks thriller "Eagle Eye", is developing a remake of "Soylent Green" for Warner Bros.
The Thing
Universal and studio-based Strike Entertainment, whose credits include "Bring It On" and "Children of Men," had success in the remake arena with 2004's update of "Dawn of the Dead", is also working on a remake of Carpenter's "The Thing."
I'm sure there are others out there - well we know there are - but the sheer level of these is getting truly ridiculous.

Soon there will be no original classics left!

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Post by droosan » December 4th, 2008, 10:05 am

Given the plethora of recent and upcoming re-makes, somehow a remake of Soylent Green seems ironically appropriate. :lol:

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Post by GeorgeC » December 4th, 2008, 10:17 am

What have I been saying all along? No original ideas left in Hollywood!


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Post by Sunday » December 4th, 2008, 1:17 pm

You know, right at the onset of the art form film productions were merely converting quite a few existing vaudevillian, operatic, or theatrical productions to the screen. And up till now who knows how many gazillions of books have been adapted. Outright remakes aren't too terrible, either, if only because they're bound to incite some interest in the originals.

(Of course, the opposite can occur as well, as with the 2007 3:10 To Yuma which didn't utter a whisper about the the 60's original... to which it owes a massive amount of material and dialogue.)
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Post by Daniel » December 4th, 2008, 5:36 pm

Not a remake in the bunch that I care for, but yes, just looking at the list is laughable.

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Post by Neal » December 4th, 2008, 6:55 pm

Soylent Green?! WHAT!?

I have nothing more to say.

Except the sequel bandwagon seems to have gotten even worse. Sure, there's always been sequels/prequels - but now they're to films that just don't make sense.

An 'I Am Legend' sequel? '300' sequel? Seriously?

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Post by eddievalient » December 5th, 2008, 10:12 am

Not all remakes are bad. The remake of Texas Chainsaw Massacre was excellent, if you go for that kind of thing (what can I say, I've got broad tastes) and the upcoming Friday the 13th remake looks good too.
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Post by Ben » December 5th, 2008, 11:13 am

I've got to say that I agree some of those films are fun remakes. I quite like the teen horror genre for the laughs as much as the "scares", but the films they're seeking to remake above are way above those leagues.

I mean, those teen films that are coming out in the bucket load now are based on sometimes dated, low-budget shockers that were sometimes quite painfully amateurish. At least now they get the remake treatment with a decent budget, even if they're still cheap productions for the studios.

Point is...most of the films currently being rehashed are <I>still contemporary</I>...and still only a generation or so ago. Yes, there are lots of kids on this site that will say they weren't born when such and such came out, but that doesn't mean those films are outmoded.

Personally, I feel it's a lack of inspiration from the young executives. The reason we're seeing these remakes and sequels to late 1970s and 1980s movies is because these are what the execs grew up watching. And now they're in powerful positions they have a chance to relive their childhood fantasies again...and get paid for it.

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Post by Darkblade » December 7th, 2008, 2:07 pm

Im interested in the remakes of Friday the 13th and Child's play.

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Post by EricJ » December 7th, 2008, 3:16 pm

Ben wrote:I've got to say that I agree some of those films are fun remakes. I quite like the teen horror genre for the laughs as much as the "scares", but the films they're seeking to remake above are way above those leagues.

I mean, those teen films that are coming out in the bucket load now are based on sometimes dated, low-budget shockers that were sometimes quite painfully amateurish. At least now they get the remake treatment with a decent budget, even if they're still cheap productions for the studios.
But, in trying to justify a Big Studio Budget, they also lose the basic POINT of why those cheap-thrill Friday-night drive-in "Hit the teens where they live" movies were made--
Qv., the remake of "When a Stranger Calls" taking the story off of Suburban Babysitter Street and moving it to a Frank Lloyd Wright dream cabin in the Rockies, or "Prom Night" moving the prom from a high school gym to a champagne Paris Hilton bash at a five-star hotel--
At least the Friday the 13th remake hasn't been relocated to a Club Med resort in the Bahamas... :?
Personally, I feel it's a lack of inspiration from the young executives. The reason we're seeing these remakes and sequels to late 1970s and 1980s movies is because these are what the execs grew up watching. And now they're in powerful positions they have a chance to relive their childhood fantasies again...and get paid for it.


I'd hardly call most of the (ex-indie and ex-music video) directors working on them "In powerful positions"--
But the first wave was definitely a rebel cry against the robotic Saw/Hostel mindset, a realization that all that "cool" Miike Takahashi-worship had almost crippled the true horror genre out of existence, and a search for just what made all those movies The Older Generation got to enjoy, back when they used to play real theaters...

But that was the horror-remake wave--
Just why we're getting the Sci-Fi Remake wave has more to do with MGM trying to struggle back to life, and raise quick operating cash by exploiting their old 80's Orion Pictures intellectual-properties.
(Except for that Arthur thing, which, although Orion, is more a matter of Russell Brand delusionally believing that we'll all suddently love a drunken jerk because, well, we liked the last one before, 'n stuff!)

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Post by PatrickvD » December 7th, 2008, 6:44 pm

how about these two:

The Rocky Horrow Picture Show and East of Eden

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Post by Ben » December 8th, 2008, 8:18 am

They're remaking <I>Child's Play</I>!??!??!????!?????

Surely that's a franchise still rip for another follow-up?


And...if they're able to get projects off the ground, or suggest them to the people that can, I'd call that a "powerful position" certainly.

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