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Disney to create new version of Something Wicked This Way Comes

03.12.2014

Are you familiar with ”Something Wicked This Way Comes”? I’m sure you’ve heard it on more than one occasion. Have you read the book by Ray Bradbury? If you haven’t you should. Did you ever catch the 1983 Disney adaptation that Bradbury wrote the screenplay for? It seems that now a new version will be made.

Seth Grahame-Smith (DARK SHADOWS) will take on the Disney update as his directorial debut. The writer has been a long time fan of 1962 Bradbury’s novel:

I have been so crazy about this book, and it was such a formative title in my life that I actually wrote a piece on NPR about why it is so important for young males to read. It is a classic coming-of-age, father-son story about the transition from childhood to adulthood and how kids can’t wait to be adults and adults romanticize their childhoods. I’m not remaking the movie; I want the haunted atmosphere that makes the book so chilling, and I want to reinstate some of the classic scenes from the book that were missing from the ’83 film.

SOMETHING WICKED THIS WAY COMES tells the story of “how Mr. Dark, the evil proprietor of a traveling carnival who preys on the residents of a small town by bartering possession of their souls for the dreams each one has.” Creepy stuff, huh? The spectacular Jonathan Pryce played the role of Mr. Dark in the 1983 film.

Before I started reading I was scared that Grahame-Smith would be too busy to work on BEETLEJUICE 2. Thankfully, they are hiring a scribe to write a script for SOMETHING WICKED THIS WAY COMES based on the director’s treatment.

Sorry, having more Michael Keaton as Beetlejuice in my life is more important.

Extra Tidbit: Pssst...can Neil Gaiman write this?
Source: Deadline

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8:12AM on 03/13/2014
Please make it scary this time round.
Please make it scary this time round.
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7:31AM on 03/13/2014
I loved this as a kid, and still have a lot of love for it, but I rewatched the movie last year after reading the novel for the first time, and it's very uneven. There's so much of the book that got left out, and although Bradbury wrote the screenplay, there were uncredited rewrites and reshoots that compromised the original vision. When movies with little to no flaws are remade, it's pointless. But I believe there's an opportunity to make a better adaptation. The hardest part, however, will be
I loved this as a kid, and still have a lot of love for it, but I rewatched the movie last year after reading the novel for the first time, and it's very uneven. There's so much of the book that got left out, and although Bradbury wrote the screenplay, there were uncredited rewrites and reshoots that compromised the original vision. When movies with little to no flaws are remade, it's pointless. But I believe there's an opportunity to make a better adaptation. The hardest part, however, will be finding a better Mr. Dark than Jonathan Pryce.
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7:25AM on 03/13/2014
People should check-out the 1983 Something This Way Comes, or they should show the movie to their kids. As a kid, I got a good scare from the 1983 movie, and I loved it. A remake might or might not do the two past sources justice. Graham-Smith seems to be a sincere fan of the source material, so his genuine connection indicates genuine potential for his adaptation.
Also, sometime, people should see MacBeth from which the "Something wicked. . . . ." quote comes. If interested, keep Shakespeare
People should check-out the 1983 Something This Way Comes, or they should show the movie to their kids. As a kid, I got a good scare from the 1983 movie, and I loved it. A remake might or might not do the two past sources justice. Graham-Smith seems to be a sincere fan of the source material, so his genuine connection indicates genuine potential for his adaptation.
Also, sometime, people should see MacBeth from which the "Something wicked. . . . ." quote comes. If interested, keep Shakespeare alive. The Bard has a huge influence upon the English language and our literature.
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6:43AM on 03/13/2014

A classic...no remake necessary

Sorry that you didn't like that Bradbury cut scenes from HIS book for HIS screenplay. How can you expect to do better than the author himself?

Pass.
Sorry that you didn't like that Bradbury cut scenes from HIS book for HIS screenplay. How can you expect to do better than the author himself?

Pass.
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6:03AM on 03/13/2014
One of the few movies I can think of that actually deserves a remake. I saw the original when it first came out and was SO disappointed at how badly it turned out even with a Bradbury script. Not filled with hope knowing the guy who wrote Dark Shadows is in charge since that movie was such a pointless POC.
One of the few movies I can think of that actually deserves a remake. I saw the original when it first came out and was SO disappointed at how badly it turned out even with a Bradbury script. Not filled with hope knowing the guy who wrote Dark Shadows is in charge since that movie was such a pointless POC.
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5:42AM on 03/13/2014

Classic

A film title this good deserves to be an amazing film.
A film title this good deserves to be an amazing film.
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11:24PM on 03/12/2014
Enough with the remakes already.
Enough with the remakes already.
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