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C'mon Hollywood #150

02.11.2008

... enough with the TV show remakes!
by Sturdy

New Rule: If you're going to insist on making movies based on crappy, old television shows, then you have to give everyone in the Cineplex a remote so we can see what's playing on the other screens. Let's remember the reason something was a television show in the first place is that the idea wasn't good enough to be a movie. Bill Maher

Ive had this complaint for a while, but Ive hesitated writing about it. I kept hoping that the next TV remake was going to be fun, but after getting let down numerous times, and hearing about upcoming projects, Ive given up hope. Remaking old TV shows into movies just doesnt work. Not that much effort is being put into making them, but even if you have some talent involved, the film is still doomed for failure. Before I go on, I want to distinguish between continuing a show with movies and remaking a TV show into a movie. Continuing a series like SIMPSONS, SEX AND THE CITY or X-FILES is perfectly fine. In fact, in most cases its preferred. I would love to see a LOST or SOPRANOS movie.


This was the best thing about the Hazzard movie.

However, thats not what this is about. What Im asking for is for Hollywood to stop making old TV shows into movies. I thought we were slowing down after the painful experience of DUKES OF HAZZARD and MIAMI VICE, but with the never-ending rumors about the A-TEAM movie (among others), I think the trend is here to stay. At least until weve covered every TV show from the 70s and 80s. Im not sure why Hollywood is so obsessed with TV shows, but Im assuming they think that if they throw something together and slap a recognizable name on the front, the movie will probably make money. Id love to say theyre wrong, but people still go see them, probably the same people that made MEET THE SPARTANS number one at the box office.


Yeah, I don't see this working as a film, no matter who is starring in it.

Now is the time to stop remaking TV shows into films. I know MAGNUM P.I. is being tossed around and there are some other temptations out there, but enough is enough. The people that liked MAGNUM P.I. and the A-TEAM back in the 80s, are now pushing 30 and 40 years old. We liked Tom Selleck and George Peppard, but were not going to like whatever O.C. reject they cast in their roles now. Granted, I was curious with Clooney attached to both of those projects, but I seriously doubt hell actually do it. If Clooney is going to do any TV character from the 80s, then I want him to be Willie Tanner in an ALF movie. HA! (I hope its obvious Im kidding)


I bet the theme song is already stuck in your head.

I know a lot of people get upset with the casting in these remakes and I cant say I blame them. THE HONEYMOONERS was the worst of the bunch, but was anyone happy with Johnny Knoxville and Sean William Scott? And I dont even know whats going on with DALLAS. Luckily I wasnt a fan of the show to begin with. The list goes on, but like I said, theyre not even trying anymore. Its more about who they can get for cheap and how fast they can get it in theatres. Also, is there some kind of rule that every star of a TV show remake be under 30 years old? Younger doesnt always mean better. Ugghh, I sound like my parents.


I don't even know what to say about this

As a fan of old TV shows, I sometimes get excited when I read about an old show making its way to the big screen. But no matter what the film, theyve always turned out to be a big disappointment. Whether theyre trying to make an action series a comedy, or they pick a horrible cast, something always goes wrong. Enough with the TV show remakes. Lets put some faith and trust into all the young screenwriters out there that have original ideas. Nows the time to make a new batch of heroes, not rehash old ones.

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