Remakes are not a new thing in Hollywood. We all know that. But for crying out loud, would it kill writers in Tinseltown to come up with an original idea once in a while? Over the next few years, such classics (should we call them classics?) as Annie, Robocop, Carrie, The Crow, Child's Play, Dirty Dancing, Starship Troopers, American Psycho, The Birds, My Fair Lady, The Bodyguard, and quite frankly, a bunch of other movies that don't need to be remade will be remade. WHY?
Although some of these projects don't yet have release dates or even casts attached to them, it's still disheartening to think that some fan favorites will be redone and, more than likely, redone poorly. These movies came out years, sometimes even decades ago, so it's understandable that in such an ego-filled town, some people wouldn't want their work to go a generation without being seen. And with some movies (horror movies in particular), it seems to make sense to redo them with more blood, guts, and gore, it doesn't make sense to redo movies like The Bodyguard and, heaven forbid, The Warriors. The whole reason some of these movies are so fun to watch nowadays is because they're campy.
Remaking old films to freshen their popularity seems, at best, greedy, and at worst, extremely lazy. As writers, it can seem like an easier feat to take something old and make it new (and try to make it better), but unfortunately, most times movies are remade, they suck.
With Evil Dead on the books for a remake, we're nervous that the blood-gushing scenes that are so ridiculous will be made to look too realistic, thus negating anything funny about that movie. And, what happens if they then remake Evil Dead 2—that line in High Fidelity (and oh, pleeeease, do not remake that one with someone like Robert Pattinson) where John Cusack's character asks Jack Black's character what he would say if he "hadn't seen Evil Dead 2 yet" will make absolutely no sense. Because younger generations will think, "Well, how would he have, it's not even out yet?"
Posted by Jena
8/15/2012 1:36 PM