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Joe Dante's sci-fi flick Explorers to be remade

03.13.2014

I recall nothing about 1985. I was only a year old. So I can’t say that I ever caught Joe Dante’s EXPLORERS at the cinema around that time. However, I did see it when I got a little older. I always had a thing for Ethan Hawke and River Phoenix, both of which show up in the sci-fi adventure film.

Paramount has decided to remake Dante’s fun alien flick with producers Josh Appelbaum and Andre Nemec (MISSION IMPOSSIBLE: GHOST PROTOCOL). The story of three teenaged boys who come together to create a homemade space ship will be scripted by Geoff Moore and Dave Posamentier (LIVING BETTER THROUGH CHEMISTRY). Phoenix, Hawke, and Jason Presson played the three boys back in the 80s.

Sadly when the film came out in '85 it wasn’t a hit. Later when it was released on VHS more people got around to seeing it, and it has become somewhat of a cult classic.

No word on what a modern version of the film would be like. Insiders are saying that it would be similar to the unreleased Michael Bay produced WELCOME TO YESTERDAY, another sci-fi story involving youngsters and time travel.

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12:17PM on 03/14/2014

Lame

The original, while far from perfect, is such a strange and wonderful little film with the oddest sense of humor ever. Why remake it? Just make another original film but don't call it Explorers.
The original, while far from perfect, is such a strange and wonderful little film with the oddest sense of humor ever. Why remake it? Just make another original film but don't call it Explorers.
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8:50AM on 03/14/2014
This seems like such an out of place remake. I mean, I used to love this movie as a kid, but it really isn't something that should be remade for the general audience. Back then it was great but to watch it 20yrs later, probably aged horribly. I don't see a reason for them to remake this for anyone but kids as the premise alone is highly unlikely.
Whatever. Have at it Hollywood.
This seems like such an out of place remake. I mean, I used to love this movie as a kid, but it really isn't something that should be remade for the general audience. Back then it was great but to watch it 20yrs later, probably aged horribly. I don't see a reason for them to remake this for anyone but kids as the premise alone is highly unlikely.
Whatever. Have at it Hollywood.
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8:50AM on 03/14/2014
Even when I was a kid, I loved the first half of this movie. It had a Goonies, or Stand By Me feel to it, (Yes I watched Stand By Me when I was like 3 or 4). But the feel of the movie change harder than From Dusk Til Dawn once they got to the ship. Hated it.
Even when I was a kid, I loved the first half of this movie. It had a Goonies, or Stand By Me feel to it, (Yes I watched Stand By Me when I was like 3 or 4). But the feel of the movie change harder than From Dusk Til Dawn once they got to the ship. Hated it.
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6:53AM on 03/14/2014
Not another remake. Please when will it stop.
Not another remake. Please when will it stop.
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5:25AM on 03/14/2014
They should make it a sequel where we see the boys grown up. Unfortunately River won't be there :(, but they could include Joaquin! The boys all grown up could tell their sons all about the adventure they had as boys, and then the magic could happen all over again!
They should make it a sequel where we see the boys grown up. Unfortunately River won't be there :(, but they could include Joaquin! The boys all grown up could tell their sons all about the adventure they had as boys, and then the magic could happen all over again!
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3:15AM on 03/14/2014

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3:15AM on 03/14/2014

fine with the remake

this is added to the list of precious childhood films? we are really starting to reach.
this is added to the list of precious childhood films? we are really starting to reach.
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3:02AM on 03/14/2014
Maybe Ethan Hawke could get to play the Father role this time and bring his young son and friends for the wildest adventures of their lives!
Maybe Ethan Hawke could get to play the Father role this time and bring his young son and friends for the wildest adventures of their lives!
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2:08AM on 03/14/2014
I loved this movie as a kid. Quit whining about remakes, if you don't want to watch it then don't. I'm always interested in seeing old movies remade, could be good.
I loved this movie as a kid. Quit whining about remakes, if you don't want to watch it then don't. I'm always interested in seeing old movies remade, could be good.
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6:06AM on 03/14/2014
Who said anything about weather or not we will watch this? We're just tired of Hollywood being lazy and not coming up with anything original these days. Sadly it's people like you that keep giving money to these lazy fools who try to come up with their own ideas instead of just redoing something that doesn't need to be remade.
Who said anything about weather or not we will watch this? We're just tired of Hollywood being lazy and not coming up with anything original these days. Sadly it's people like you that keep giving money to these lazy fools who try to come up with their own ideas instead of just redoing something that doesn't need to be remade.
8:04AM on 03/14/2014
I don't give my money to shit I just torrent it, so maybe that's why I don't get so upset about remakes. And also learn how to spell dude it's whether.
I don't give my money to shit I just torrent it, so maybe that's why I don't get so upset about remakes. And also learn how to spell dude it's whether.
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1:15AM on 03/14/2014
I believe I saw this movie about... oh, a million times when I was a kid. Can't say I'm interested in a remake since I'm sure the clunky but endearing special effects of the original would be replaced with soulless CGI in a newer version. Sidenote: Whatever happened to Jason Presson anyway?
I believe I saw this movie about... oh, a million times when I was a kid. Can't say I'm interested in a remake since I'm sure the clunky but endearing special effects of the original would be replaced with soulless CGI in a newer version. Sidenote: Whatever happened to Jason Presson anyway?
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12:26AM on 03/14/2014
These remakes have already past the level of absurd.
These remakes have already past the level of absurd.
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9:00PM on 03/13/2014
We definitely need more kid-centric adventure movies these days, it's why I really loved Super 8. But they don't have to be remakes.
We definitely need more kid-centric adventure movies these days, it's why I really loved Super 8. But they don't have to be remakes.
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8:38PM on 03/13/2014
There they go fucking with my nostalgia again.
There they go fucking with my nostalgia again.
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