Posts Tagged ‘remake’
A friend of mine was just talking to me about the Ninja Turtles reboot, we were rightfully defending it (check out: In Defense of: Michael Bay’s NINJA TURTLES). So it’s a shame that Paramount has shut down pre-production on the flick, while also pushing the release date from December 2013 to May 2014!
The Hollywood Reporter’s sources say the film has script problems, which is surprising since Kevin Eastman is one of the people working on the script and just so happens to be one of the original creators of the characters. Jonathan Liebesman (Wrath of the Titans) is directing the script by Eastman and Andre Nemec.
“[The studio is] temporarily laying off pre-production staff and informing those prepping the film that the work stoppage is ‘indefinite,’” say sources, who are expecting a 10-week delay.
Banner art via dawnoftheninjaturtles.
So here is what we know: Michael Bay and his team of remake artists at Platinum Dunes (The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, The Amityville Horror, The Hitcher, Friday the 13th, A Nightmare on Elm Street) are behind the upcoming reboot of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Bay has since announced few details that have enraged many:
“When you see this movie, kids are going to believe, one day, that these turtles actually do exist when we are done with this movie. These turtles are from an alien race and they are going to be tough, edgy, funny and completely lovable.”
Thus, people acted accordingly:
Michael Bay then responded to the feedback on his official site with the following:
Somebody somewhere thought it would be a good idea to try another big screen telling of Stephen King’s Carrie (his first published novel). That somebody I’d like to predict will be wrong. MGM and Screen Gems announced last year that they hired playwright Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa to write a new script for Carrie, he’s the guy who came in and saved Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark on Broadway.
Deadline reports his version is “more faithful to the King book, and more grounded than the Brian De Palma-directed film.” I wonder where it will stand against The Rage: Carrie 2, I saw that one in theaters and let me tell you…it can’t be unseen. Kimberly Peirce has since hired to direct the remake, she brought us Boys Don’t Cry in 1999 which landed Hillary Swank an Oscar and has been pretty much off the grid ever since. It’s all coming together for this passion project isn’t it?
Here is the first trailer for the English remake of Man on the Train directed by Mary McGuckian and starring Donald Sutherland and Larry Mullen Jr. (yes, U2′s drummer) in his acting debut. The original French film was released in 2002 from director Patrice Leconte. Mullen stars as “a thief whose plans get thrown off track when he meets Sutherland in a small town where he’s looking to knock off a bank.” The film looks like a slow burner that could lead to something great, the cast looks strong here – when isn’t Sutherland in top form?
We are still waiting on a release date, check out the intriguing trailer below:
- Josh Brolin is set to star in Spike Lee’s remake of the Park Chan-wook revenge thriller Oldboy. [Deadline]
- A Back to the Future and Dukes of Hazard mashup T-Shirt design was only a matter of time. [teefury]
- Takashi Miike’s ‘Ninja Kids’ is set for a Hollywood remake, I for one am stunned. [THR]
- A real life Snakes on A Plane foiled by authorities. [latinofoxnews]
- The next James Bond movie may have a title and story, but probably not. [bleedingcool]
- Steven Spielberg and Stephen King take ‘Under the Dome’ to Showtime. [THR]
The Hunger Games Teaser Trailer:
Akira Kurosawa, one of the greatest directors of all-time is no stranger to adaptations, some of his best works are from previous sources. Two well known examples being High and Low as an adaptation of Ed McBain’s King’s Ransom and Yojimbo is based on Dashiell Hammett’s Red Harvest. Adaptions and remakes though, that’s like comparing apples and some lesser fruit.
Many of his movies have at one time or another been in development as a remake, most of his work didn’t belong to just one studio, that is until Splendent Media came along recently and picked up the remake rights to 26 of Kurosawa’s films including Yojimbo, Dreams, Kagemusha, Ran, and Rashomon. In addition, Variety also reports Splendent now owns 24 films Kurosawa wrote but didn’t direct and 19 unproduced screenplays. [official site]
With his work being remade quite well before (A Fistful of Dollars, The Magnificent Seven) it’s hard to say if this is a good or bad thing considering those movies are now considered treasure of film history. His work should be considered art, and if the only way to have people go back and look at it is to be reminded by a remake, what else can you do? Can that be said of every director (see: Gus Van Sans Psycho remake)?
Here is the first trailer for The Thing prequel from director Matthijs van Heijningen Jr, it stars Mary Elizabeth Winstead (Death Proof), and Joel Edgerton (Animal Kingdom). The film is set to be released on October 14th 2011.
John Carpenter‘s 1982 classic The Thing is worth checking out for those who haven’t, whether a preqeul or sequel was necessary isn’t worth asking, it’s a weekly event now in Hollywood to have a remake or “revision” of something. This movie looks better than most expected I think, Mary Elizabeth Winstead is always welcome on the screen.
Check out the trailer and full synopsis below and share your thoughts: