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C'mon Hollywood #149

Feb. 5, 2008by: Sturdy

... enough with the crappy remakes!
by Sturdy

The remaking of old movies has been a common trend in Hollywood for years now. Its an obvious complaint, but with the recent announcement of a Elm Street remake , I think things have gotten out of hand. I dont know if Id go as far as saying weve reached an all time low, but things are bad in Hollywood and the crap currently at theaters and the crap up ahead is really detracting from the good streak Hollywood had going last year. Here are a few rules to follow when choosing to remake an old movie.


Sorry, hes the only Freddy Ill ever know.

First, if the movie has a popular sequel, then it shouldnt be remade. The Freddy movies are a good example. Basically, sequels usually establish a film as a franchise and that burns an impression into an audiences mind. Ive only seen the first NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET, but I cant imagine anyone other than Robert Englund playing Freddy. The first was a classic because of the coolness of the character and the simple idea. Bay-ing it only removes everything we liked originally. Ive grown up with previews and TV spots advertising him as Freddy, and theres no reason to remake any of his films. KING KONG might be the exception to the rule, but in all fairness, its sequels werent nearly as popular as the original.


Technically a remake, but updated enough to be worthwhile.

The second rule is to allow enough time to pass. Im not sure how much time is enough, but Im going with 40 years for a popular movie and 25 years for an obscure title. Not only does this allow the general movie audience time to forget about the film, but it also gives enough time to make an update worth while. As much as Id like to see a remake of GHOST RIDER done well, its only been two years.

Third, only remake movies that you can actually improve on. For example, I could see a remake of 1927s WINGS because weve come so far with CGI and effects that the movie would be better for it. In fact, anything we did today would be an improvement. Its not that the movie was bad, its just that you can tell it was made in the 20s. However, I couldnt see a remake of PHILIDELPHIA STORY because that was a fantastic film that no actor or actress of today is going to match. Plus, theres nothing that we can do to improve upon the film.


If this was remade today, very few people would even know.

Fourth, be weary of remaking movies with iconic figures and a loyal fan base. You cant fear fanboys, but you need to respect them. Theyre the reason the original film was successful in the first place, so you dont want to alienate them right off the bat. Just because a particular character is popular in todays culture, it doesnt mean that people want a movie of it. Also, casting really young characters in popular roles is a good way to get negative press for your movie.

Fifth, most foreign films are ok, regardless of when they were made. Before I get slammed for that one, let me explain. Most Americans dont watch foreign movies unless theyre really popular i.e. AMELIE, CROUCHING TIGER, HIDDEN DRAGON, A BEAUTIFUL LIFE, OLDBOY, etc. So of course, those movies would be off limits, among others. However, most horror and action films dont get as much attention over here, so its not as big of a deal. THE DEPARTED was amazing and it was a remake of INFERNAL AFFAIRS. However, does every Asian horror film have to be remade? And whatever happened to the Tom Hanks starring remake of IKIRU ? I was actually looking forward to that one.


The best Asian to American remake ever.

As time goes on, sometimes remaking a movie makes sense. Despite that, remaking a film just feels like Hollywood is giving up. Its basically saying they cant come up with anything, so theyre stealing someone elses ideas. With the hundreds of thousands of scripts out there, theres no need to remake a film. However, if you absolutely have to make a remake, at least follow the aforementioned rules.

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1:14AM on 02/06/2008
Very few remakes outdo the original....
Isn't the spiffy new and maybe changed around a bit overshadow the previous film?
Might as well add that PROM NIGHT trailer I saw. :rollseyes:
Very few remakes outdo the original....
Isn't the spiffy new and maybe changed around a bit overshadow the previous film?
Might as well add that PROM NIGHT trailer I saw. :rollseyes:
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9:24PM on 02/05/2008

Seriously

Remakes in general are just silly. Of course there are some exceptions, but the fact that remakes are already leaking into the realm of VIDEO GAMES is ridiculous. Turok was a great game for the Nintendo 64 that has just recently been remade into the video game equivalent of a box-office fluff, by TOUCHSTONE games no less.

Hollywood. seriously. stop it.

BTW, Bob Englund is good friends with my acting professor. Apparently he's also an incredible Shakespearean performer. Haha.

Remakes in general are just silly. Of course there are some exceptions, but the fact that remakes are already leaking into the realm of VIDEO GAMES is ridiculous. Turok was a great game for the Nintendo 64 that has just recently been remade into the video game equivalent of a box-office fluff, by TOUCHSTONE games no less.

Hollywood. seriously. stop it.

BTW, Bob Englund is good friends with my acting professor. Apparently he's also an incredible Shakespearean performer. Haha.

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8:57PM on 02/05/2008

Thank You

Totally agree. But I also guess that over the course of a 75+ years, ideas do run thin. I don't mind any sequel that comes out, i know that if it made money, you gotta milk it for all you can.

But when was the last remake you saw, that was better than the original?

I can't think of any. I know that if they ever try to remake Caddyshack or Animal House, or try to mess with a true classic, people will burn and nuts will be kicked! lol

great stuff dude
Totally agree. But I also guess that over the course of a 75+ years, ideas do run thin. I don't mind any sequel that comes out, i know that if it made money, you gotta milk it for all you can.

But when was the last remake you saw, that was better than the original?

I can't think of any. I know that if they ever try to remake Caddyshack or Animal House, or try to mess with a true classic, people will burn and nuts will be kicked! lol

great stuff dude
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8:46PM on 02/05/2008
"Know what I hate? When they cast a younger actor in an iconic role. What do I care about Young James Bond, Young Indiana Jones or even Young Jason Bourne? It's bad enough you're remaking good movies but completely removing the good aspects of it by making the characters we've come to know and love worthless since it's BEFORE they became the characters we've come to know and love is just annoying and disrespectful to the originals."

I think I have a valid rebuttle for this. Most o f the
"Know what I hate? When they cast a younger actor in an iconic role. What do I care about Young James Bond, Young Indiana Jones or even Young Jason Bourne? It's bad enough you're remaking good movies but completely removing the good aspects of it by making the characters we've come to know and love worthless since it's BEFORE they became the characters we've come to know and love is just annoying and disrespectful to the originals."

I think I have a valid rebuttle for this. Most o f the characters you explained are iconic, yes, but they're not exactly deep characters nor do they ever really have a compelling story arch. I think the great thing about doing a film about James Bond before he became James Bond is that he actually had to become something, not just a guy who walks around kicking ass like it's no problem. The James Bond we're all used to is a character that's already suffered trials and tribulations, so when a problem arises we have no doubt that he'll overcome because how much ass he kicks. So that's the beauty of a "younger" version of a character, it shows the trials and tribulations they undertook to become who we love, and if written well...we love them and understand them so much more. That's why Casino Royale was so great.
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8:45PM on 02/05/2008
This is why I hate these "C'mon Hollywood" articles.

Why should there be ANY rules? How about, no remake at all? Why should lazy writers and directors get to cash-in on creative filmmakers' ideas? If you wanna sell, make it up on your own. What ever happened to originality?

And that whole "Asian remakes" rule was ridiculous. I can't believe one would have the arrogance to center cinema around America.

What you're saying is steal Asian films discreetly? No one knows about it? Hell,
This is why I hate these "C'mon Hollywood" articles.

Why should there be ANY rules? How about, no remake at all? Why should lazy writers and directors get to cash-in on creative filmmakers' ideas? If you wanna sell, make it up on your own. What ever happened to originality?

And that whole "Asian remakes" rule was ridiculous. I can't believe one would have the arrogance to center cinema around America.

What you're saying is steal Asian films discreetly? No one knows about it? Hell, it's payday! Wait, we can't remake Oldboy, then people would KNOW we rip off other writers.

Real money lies in originality.
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7:37PM on 02/05/2008

One exception

It was mentioned that the remake should not exist if the original cannot be improved upon. However, I think 3:10 to Yuma is a good exception to this rule. The original is considered a classic western and the update was incredibly good (the great cast always helps).
It was mentioned that the remake should not exist if the original cannot be improved upon. However, I think 3:10 to Yuma is a good exception to this rule. The original is considered a classic western and the update was incredibly good (the great cast always helps).
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7:05PM on 02/05/2008
Know what I hate? When they cast a younger actor in an iconic role. What do I care about Young James Bond, Young Indiana Jones or even Young Jason Bourne? It's bad enough you're remaking good movies but completely removing the good aspects of it by making the characters we've come to know and love worthless since it's BEFORE they became the characters we've come to know and love is just annoying and disrespectful to the originals.
Know what I hate? When they cast a younger actor in an iconic role. What do I care about Young James Bond, Young Indiana Jones or even Young Jason Bourne? It's bad enough you're remaking good movies but completely removing the good aspects of it by making the characters we've come to know and love worthless since it's BEFORE they became the characters we've come to know and love is just annoying and disrespectful to the originals.
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6:07PM on 02/05/2008
The logic behind why you believe that it's acceptable for most foreign films to be remade is not only deeply flawed, but also seriously laughable.

What you're essentially saying is, "Rape and remake as many foreign films as your capitalist heart desires. Just be sure that American audiences are completely in the dark about the film's origins. However, if the foreign film in question happens to smell like French fries and apple pie, you better not touch it."

I mean, you might as well put
The logic behind why you believe that it's acceptable for most foreign films to be remade is not only deeply flawed, but also seriously laughable.

What you're essentially saying is, "Rape and remake as many foreign films as your capitalist heart desires. Just be sure that American audiences are completely in the dark about the film's origins. However, if the foreign film in question happens to smell like French fries and apple pie, you better not touch it."

I mean, you might as well put an asterisk near every one of your rules (with the exception of the last one) before explaining at the bottom of the page that the first four rules were conceived with only the North American market and a select few popular foreign films in mind.

Any other foreign films are fair game, chief! Gimme that sweet, sweet Americanized celluloid.

As for remakes in general, I personally dont see the need for any type of remake regardless of whether or not the film can be improved upon. While I am fully aware that plenty of remakes have improved upon the original films, there still isnt much of a need for remakes with so many different scripts just floating around out there. Your comment about remaking Wings simply because it was made in the 1920s is exactly the type of backwards thinking that needs to be put out to pasture. Going by that same logic, you would have to call for a remake of James Camerons Aliens because that is one film that Father Time has not been kind to.

Yes, there have been several technological advancements over the past few decades, but that still shouldnt excuse filmmakers from tampering with a minuscule portion of history. Its the cinematic version of cosmetic surgerythe film has aged so lets give it a little botox. We can improve it with our science, so, by God, we will! No matter how dated a certain film feels, it absolutely should not be altered in any way because it is what it is: A tiny snapshot of that particular time in history.

Ill just sit here with bated breath, and wait for a 3D version of Goodfellas to be released simultaneously with a torture-porn re-imagining of Casablanca; the perfect double-feature.

I just get chills at the thought of having Joe Pescis wise guy nose, DeNiros mole and Ray Liottas overacting jumping out of the screen at me with the help of our modern-day witchcraft.

Can you feel the love? I can certainly dig on that, my friends.
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4:21PM on 02/05/2008
There was talks on a RoboCop remake. I would prefer a relaunch, actually with the storyline of the comic series RoboCop vs Terminator, which was an absolutely kick ass story and give a different perspective on both series,(With the alternate timelines now starting from the tv series)
There was talks on a RoboCop remake. I would prefer a relaunch, actually with the storyline of the comic series RoboCop vs Terminator, which was an absolutely kick ass story and give a different perspective on both series,(With the alternate timelines now starting from the tv series)
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1:24PM on 02/05/2008
I guess I'll play Devil's Advocate here, just for the sheer hell of it.

As I'd said before, Hollywood's been remaking movies almost as long as it's been making them.

Bogart's "Maltese Falcon" was, in fact, a remake (as were Cronenberg's "The Fly" and Carpenter's "The Thing" and "Village of the Damned," to use more contemporary examples).

Hell, Hollywood remade 1940's "Gaslight" before 1950..twice! (And for a third time in the '50s as well.)

And it's been, what, 24 years since the
I guess I'll play Devil's Advocate here, just for the sheer hell of it.

As I'd said before, Hollywood's been remaking movies almost as long as it's been making them.

Bogart's "Maltese Falcon" was, in fact, a remake (as were Cronenberg's "The Fly" and Carpenter's "The Thing" and "Village of the Damned," to use more contemporary examples).

Hell, Hollywood remade 1940's "Gaslight" before 1950..twice! (And for a third time in the '50s as well.)

And it's been, what, 24 years since the original "Nightmare on Elm Street" was released? That's almost as many years as there were between the introductions of Bela Lugosi's and Christopher Lee's Draculas (1931 and 1958, respectively)! How's that for perspective? And I'd argue that Lugosi's Dracula was far more iconic than Englund's Freddy.

Basically, to me, it's simple: good remakes are good, and bad remakes are bad...just as it is with any other movie.

That said, so far Bay's company (Platinum Dunes, is it?) has exclusively produced just mind-bogglingly awful remakes.
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12:37PM on 02/05/2008

YEAH

I agree completely. I'm sick of hearing of remakes in the works. I mean, they've done remakes for a long time, but now it just seems that they can't think of anything else. And most of the movies they want to remake are so iconic that it is really kinda idiotic to even try. I mean, why remake a movie that was done perfectly the first time? Is it to appeal to a younger audience who won't watch older movies? (I know some won't watch black & white movies.) I say, if people don't want to
I agree completely. I'm sick of hearing of remakes in the works. I mean, they've done remakes for a long time, but now it just seems that they can't think of anything else. And most of the movies they want to remake are so iconic that it is really kinda idiotic to even try. I mean, why remake a movie that was done perfectly the first time? Is it to appeal to a younger audience who won't watch older movies? (I know some won't watch black & white movies.) I say, if people don't want to watch an older movie, then it's just their loss!

And it makes me sick to hear people talking about movies and say I really liked [such and such]. And it turns out they're talking about the remake; and they've never seen and don't know anything at all about the original, which is a far superior movie.

I went to buy "The Out-of-Towners" -- the original with Jack Lemmon and Sandy Dennis -- the day it came out on DVD and I didn't find it on the shelf. I asked the kid who worked there where I could find it, and he took me to the remake -- the one with Steve Martin and Goldie Hawn. Now, I guess I wasn't surprised that he didn't know of the original, but it is so much better than the remake that it was just such a pain to me to know that most people now only know the remake. He was like most people, who don't even know there IS such a funny movie called "The Out-of-Towners"; to him the remake is all there is. It made me... I dunno, sick? I wanted to punch him in the eye or nose or gut or something for being so movie-ignorant. He worked with DVDs and he didn't know jack about 'em. OOHHH! It made me mad...ish.

Now that story proves nothing, but I enjoyed telling it. This topic made me think of it and I wanted to share it. I think it's relevant. Who wouldn't prefer they make an original movie which tells a new story today, and let the movies made yesterday continue to tell the stories they've told so well for so long... instead of disrespecting it by pretending they can do it better. How can they improve on an old story if they're not creative enough to write their own originals?

I need to sleep.
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8:47AM on 02/05/2008

Right on....

Well said, Sturdy. I for one am getting sick of remakes that are literally thrown together for one reason only...the moolah!!! These films will make money from two people, the people who don't know any better and those who go along out of sheer morbid curiosity. I'm extremely unhappy about the possible remakes of The Thing, The Warriors and Escape from New York. Hell, were they not talking about remaking Blade? BLADE FFS!!!! It's barely got a TV series. Execs aren't giving new scriptwriters a
Well said, Sturdy. I for one am getting sick of remakes that are literally thrown together for one reason only...the moolah!!! These films will make money from two people, the people who don't know any better and those who go along out of sheer morbid curiosity. I'm extremely unhappy about the possible remakes of The Thing, The Warriors and Escape from New York. Hell, were they not talking about remaking Blade? BLADE FFS!!!! It's barely got a TV series. Execs aren't giving new scriptwriters a chance anymore to put forward original ideas, instead it's more along the lines of " we want money, we want money now and we want alot of it " I'm depressed :(
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8:37AM on 02/05/2008
There is a remake for The Philadelphia Story, it's called High Society and it's crap even if they got semi-decent actors with Bing Crosby, Frank Sinatra and my love, Grace Kelly.

And The Departed sucked donkey balls.
There is a remake for The Philadelphia Story, it's called High Society and it's crap even if they got semi-decent actors with Bing Crosby, Frank Sinatra and my love, Grace Kelly.

And The Departed sucked donkey balls.
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