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Little people rob from the ages once again in a remake of Time Bandits

04.01.2011

Terry Gilliam's adventure oddity TIME BANDITS is beloved and brilliant for so many reasons. Sean Connery fighting a minotaur. David Warner as the embodiment of Evil. Ian Holm as a puppet-loving French military mastermind. John Cleese stealing from the rich. An infamous sinking vessel. Exploding parents. And small thieves infatuated with finding "The Most Fabulous Object in the World".

But that was way back in 1981, so it's time to remake that sucker!

According to Variety, former Handmade Films execs Guy Collins and Michael Ryan "are in talks with a Hollywood co-producer to redo the Terry Gilliam pic as a bigscreen kids action franchise."

Gilliam's classic (which was produced by Handmade Films) was made for a comparatively miniscule $5 million back in the day. It's unknown if the filmmaker (who penned a sequel script in the 90s) will be involved in any capacity. But he damn well should be, even if he would have the sense not to.

Ryan and Collins' new venture, GFM Films, is also talking with director Paul McGuigan (LUCKY NUMBER SLEVIN, PUSH) about making a TV series based on the 1980 British gangster movie THE LONG GOOD FRIDAY.

Extra Tidbit: Think I'll spin up the original film this weekend...
Source: Variety

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5:32PM on 04/01/2011
this is fucking rediculous and fucking retarded. I mean producers and executives are idiots these days. Its like they have no respect for cinema anymore or respect for originality.
this is fucking rediculous and fucking retarded. I mean producers and executives are idiots these days. Its like they have no respect for cinema anymore or respect for originality.
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11:12AM on 04/01/2011

Lame


Very lame.

Very lame.
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10:39AM on 04/01/2011

A shame

Whenever people ask me my favorite movie, I've been saying Time Bandits. For the past 20 years. It's so wonderfully bizarre - just like a dream. You can't even believe what you're seeing sometimes. This should not be turned into a "kid's franchise." Get your own idea for a kid's franchise and just re-release this so people can re-enter this awesome dreamworld.
Whenever people ask me my favorite movie, I've been saying Time Bandits. For the past 20 years. It's so wonderfully bizarre - just like a dream. You can't even believe what you're seeing sometimes. This should not be turned into a "kid's franchise." Get your own idea for a kid's franchise and just re-release this so people can re-enter this awesome dreamworld.
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10:00AM on 04/01/2011
Guys I don't think this is a joke. Other sites have been reporting on it as well.
Guys I don't think this is a joke. Other sites have been reporting on it as well.
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9:08AM on 04/01/2011
April Fools? Please?
April Fools? Please?
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9:06AM on 04/01/2011
"... they didn't make movies, they stole it!"
"... they didn't make movies, they stole it!"
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8:53AM on 04/01/2011
I really hope this is an April Fool's joke as well.
I really hope this is an April Fool's joke as well.
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8:14AM on 04/01/2011
When i was 12, i lived on an army base and my best friend's mom ran the movie theatre. because of a family emergency, she had to have us run the theatre. we were showing time bandits and krull. one of the best days of my life! again, hollywood has raped my childhood. sigh...
When i was 12, i lived on an army base and my best friend's mom ran the movie theatre. because of a family emergency, she had to have us run the theatre. we were showing time bandits and krull. one of the best days of my life! again, hollywood has raped my childhood. sigh...
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7:03AM on 04/01/2011

No, no, no, no, no, no, NO!

NO! I hate this...such a fun movie...unique and interesting. It doesn't deserve to be raped and plundered and turned into a fucking "franchise".

I wanna rip the skulls off of Guy Collins and Michael Ryan and piss all over their rotten brains!
NO! I hate this...such a fun movie...unique and interesting. It doesn't deserve to be raped and plundered and turned into a fucking "franchise".

I wanna rip the skulls off of Guy Collins and Michael Ryan and piss all over their rotten brains!
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4:12AM on 04/01/2011
'bigscreen kids action franchise'. Really? Can't you just remake "Goonies" and be done with it? Because you know some Hollywood asshat is already trying to greenlight that idea....
'bigscreen kids action franchise'. Really? Can't you just remake "Goonies" and be done with it? Because you know some Hollywood asshat is already trying to greenlight that idea....
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1:33AM on 04/01/2011

it will happen...

can't wait until some REAL news hits on april 1, no one will believe until that movie is eaten by a wolf. mark my words, a movie will be eaten by a wolf.
can't wait until some REAL news hits on april 1, no one will believe until that movie is eaten by a wolf. mark my words, a movie will be eaten by a wolf.
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1:09AM on 04/01/2011
What!? Really? This remake just came out of nowhere! Why not just remake The Holy Grail while you're at it too.
What!? Really? This remake just came out of nowhere! Why not just remake The Holy Grail while you're at it too.
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12:58AM on 04/01/2011
Haven't seen this in a long time. Would be very surprised if Gilliam played any part in this. And wasn't Paul W.S. Anderson doing a remake of "The Long Good Friday." I'd actually check out McGuigan's TV series, as he's got some real talent.
Haven't seen this in a long time. Would be very surprised if Gilliam played any part in this. And wasn't Paul W.S. Anderson doing a remake of "The Long Good Friday." I'd actually check out McGuigan's TV series, as he's got some real talent.
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12:47AM on 04/01/2011

Sweet!

I really enjoy this movie, but it simply has not aged well, period. A remake that actually makes sense.
I really enjoy this movie, but it simply has not aged well, period. A remake that actually makes sense.
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12:28AM on 04/01/2011
Is this Joblo's second April Fools now or is this thing for real? I hate you Joblo on April 1st (no, actually I love you)
Is this Joblo's second April Fools now or is this thing for real? I hate you Joblo on April 1st (no, actually I love you)
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12:39AM on 04/01/2011
The best way to figure out which ones are true is by following the link to the corresponding article, in this case, "Variety". This source seems to be legit.
The best way to figure out which ones are true is by following the link to the corresponding article, in this case, "Variety". This source seems to be legit.
12:14AM on 04/01/2011

Dear god... it comes...

The day where you have to doubt every news bit you read... even though you damn well know some of them (even horrible ideas like this one) will actually be true...
The day where you have to doubt every news bit you read... even though you damn well know some of them (even horrible ideas like this one) will actually be true...
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