Posts Tagged ‘remake’

The SCARFACE Remake Has a Director But Still No Reason to Exist

Monday, March 24th, 2014

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Universal Pictures has found a director for its remake of Scarface, The Wrap reports that Chilean director Pablo Larraín is in talks to take on the project.  The remake will update the story to a modern day setting in Los Angeles, so I guess there goes the great soundtrack we had in Pacino’s Scarface.

Also, the lead character will apparently be of Mexican origin and follow their rise in the criminal underworld as he strives for the American Dream; my prediction is that the movie just tries to be Breaking Bad in 100 minutes because building empires and is popular again right?  Paul Attanasio (Donnie Brosco) wrote the script, we should hear more about the project in the coming months.

First Trailer for GODZILLA Starring Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Elizabeth Olsen, and Bryan Cranston

Tuesday, December 10th, 2013

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A new and improved Godzilla opens next summer, do we need it?  Probably not.  Do we want it?  Meh.  Is it going to happen anyways so we may as well be optimistic and hope for the best?  Sure let’s do it.

Gareth Edwards’ upcoming remake has not shared a lot of details.  That could be a good thing, tease us and hit us with some viral campaigns and an all out trailer.  Well the trailer is here…and it’s a tease.  A good tease, but a tease nonetheless.  There are some good shots here and they have the actors to pull this off, let’s hope it works better than the last Hollywood attempt.

Godzilla opens in 3D on May 16, 2014.  The film stars Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Elizabeth Olsen, Bryan Cranston, Ken Watanabe, Juliette Binoche, Sally Hawkins, and David Strathairn.

Edwards described his vision to USA Today:

To me, he’s like a force of nature, like the wrath of God or vengeance for the way we’ve behaved.  If this really happened, it would be like Sept. 11.  I want it to be epic.  I want to get the hairs on the back of your neck up.  I’ve just got a secret fantasy—well, it’s not very secret anymore—about living in a world where there’s fantastical things like giant creatures and what it would really be like and trying to take it seriously.   And there’s no bigger or better icon than Godzilla.

Watch the trailer below:

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The Third Trailer For ROBOCOP Finally Gets Me Interested

Wednesday, November 20th, 2013

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In the end, chances are unfortunately stacked against the upcoming Robocop remake being a good flick but…this new trailer actually got me to take notice and I suppose that’s something.

The action looks just as uninteresting and mediocre the other trailers but the beginning is especially nice as it starts things off quietly and gives us an ever so slight a hint that there may be more to this film that we think.  It also gives us more of a glimpse into Alex Murphy’s retained humanity after being transformed into Robocop. Peter Weller’s portrayal of the original Robocop was more more machine than human, at least in the beginning.  Anything this remake can do to differentiate itself from the original is a good thing in my opinion.  Why remake a movie that people already love if you aren’t going to bother making it different?

Anyway you can check out the trailer for yourself, right after the jump.

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The New ROBOCOP Trailer is our 3000th News Post, Sorry

Thursday, November 7th, 2013

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So this is our 3000th news item, a trailer for the re-make of RoboCop.  Is this an omen or what?

The new RoboCop takes place in 2028 and finds OminiCorp putting its drone technology to use by taking blown-apart cop Alex Murphy (Joel Kinnaman) and turning him into a cyborg police officer.  So maybe the omen here is that our site will get blown apart by hackers and stuff, and the dudes at JoBlo.com will come save us with one of their “movie hotties” posts.  Bam! CityofSkin.

Anyways, the trailer again looks pretty interesting, I don’t think they are taking themselves too seriously here.  It’s a remake of a meh movie from the 80′s, you can’t be that serious.

The film also stars Gary Oldman, Michael Keaton, Abbie Cornish, Jackie Earle Haley, Michael K. Williams, Jennifer Ehle, Jay Baruchel, Marianne Jean-Baptiste, and Samuel L. Jackson.

RoboCop opens February 12, 2014, just in time for Valentines Day!  So you don’t have to see Vampire Academy, Ryan.

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Ninja, Ninja, CRAP! Paramount Shuts Down ‘NINJA TURTLES’ Reboot; Release Date Change

Monday, June 18th, 2012

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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.

In Defense of: Michael Bay’s NINJA TURTLES

Sunday, May 6th, 2012
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T-u-r-t-l-e power!

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:

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Michael Bay then responded to the feedback on his official site with the following:

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Yeah, A Remake Of CARRIE Sounds About Right

Thursday, January 5th, 2012
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You've got red on you.

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?

The ‘Man on the Train’ Remake Has A Trailer, Donald Sutherland

Monday, September 26th, 2011

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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:

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Today’s Links: Oldboy Remake, Ninja Kids, James Bond 23 and More

Tuesday, August 30th, 2011

Today's LinksA collection of links from across the web that may be film, TV and or entertainment related.

  • 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:

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Splendent Media Picks up Remake Rights to Most ofAkira Kurosawa’s Films

Tuesday, August 23rd, 2011

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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)?