Aaaaaaaaaarrrrrrggggghhhh will the remakes never quit?

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Postby Mbwun » Mon Aug 22, 2005 8:50 pm

Just read about this:

Pacino in heist mode with 'Rififi'
Becker will helm remake for Stone Village

By MICHAEL FLEMING


Los Angeles Around This Date


Scott Steindorff's Stone Village Pictures has acquired remake rights to the 1955 French heist classic "Rififi" and will make a contemporized version starring Al Pacino and directed by Harold Becker.

Steindorff is planning to finance the film through the Stone Village Group, the route he is taking on the Leslie Caveny-scripted indie "Penelope," which will star Christina Ricci and Reese Witherspoon.

Original "Rififi" was directed by Jules Dassin in France once he left the U.S. after finding himself on the Hollywood blacklist.

"Rififi" revolves around a career thief who, upon leaving prison, discovers his wife has left him. He returns to crime, plotting a daring jewelry store heist. Pic may best be remembered for a 30-minute robbery sequence that has no scripted dialogue or music.

Steindorff teamed with Frederic Golchan in a two-year quest to secure "Rififi" rights. They managed to get them all, down to the rights held by Dassin and the original book on which the film was based.

Both Steindorff and Golchan will be involved in producing capacities.

Pic would be the third collaboration between Becker and Pacino, after "Sea of Love" and "City Hall."

Scott LaStaiti will co-produce.

Steindorff previously obtained rights to the Akira Kurosawa-directed "Ikiru" and set up a remake at DreamWorks scripted by Richard Price and to be directed by Jim Sheridan.

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This is something I've been afraid of happening for a long, long, time. Rififi is such a good film and Hollywood is just too good at the ruination of very good foreign films. Al Pacino is one of my favourite actors but I can't help but believe that this film will be a disaster. And having a second-rate director like Harold Becker involved, doen't exactly fill me with optimism, either.

I wish they would just leave good enough alone.
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Postby EZ Rhino » Mon Aug 22, 2005 9:07 pm

Well, if they can remake 'Can't Buy Me Love', then I guess they can remake anything. :( Even the good movies are not untouchable. Let's hope they leave 'The Commitments' alone.
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Postby Rush_Grrl » Tue Aug 23, 2005 4:59 pm

Apparently not! I just heard that The Poseidon Adventure remake is in the works. Like it'll be so much better with Kurt Russell. Yuk.

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Postby Mbwun » Tue Aug 23, 2005 5:30 pm

They're also doing remakes of Westworld, The Omen, and - perish the thought - The Wicker Man.

Like Nick Cage is going to outdo Edward Woodward's performance in the original.

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Postby vlad » Thu Sep 01, 2005 6:15 am

Well, speaking as a horror-geek, I've about had it up to here [makes cutting motion across throat with hand] with all these bloody remakes. Remakes of films that are still perfectly viable today (regardless of their age) are un-necessary and only point to Hollywood's lack of original ideas. Remakes of The Fog, The Evil Dead, The Omen, and I'm sure countless others are on their way. I'd much rather see some fresh ideas than regurgitated ones, and that's what it's going to take to lure me into the theatre.
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Postby Cawdorgraves » Thu Sep 01, 2005 6:34 am

Is Bruce Campbell reprising the role of Ash? But I can't see any reason to remake Evil Dead. It already has been done - ED 2.

Remakes are annoying, very few really achieve any higher goal than the original. the problem is today's youth can't appreicate for the most part older less high quality movies. But these are where the ideas were fresh and cinematography developed. There is what 1/10 good remakes, and certainly less really good originals but original ideas are at least a risk and opportunity to stretch the mind for good film ideas.

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Postby vlad » Thu Sep 01, 2005 8:06 pm

Is Bruce Campbell reprising the role of Ash? But I can't see any reason to remake Evil Dead. It already has been done - ED 2.

You hit the nail on the head. No, Bruce Campbell won't be making an appearance, it'll be an all new cast and director. Ironically, the news of this remake came out after Raimi scuttled the Freddy vs Jason vs Ash (which was a stupid idea anyway) project for artistic/personal reasons. At the time, we were impressed with him, but then he foists this on us!

You know, if Hollywood is that desperate for new ideas, there is a plethora of comics and novels just waiting to be made into a feature film. Usually they botch it up, a la Constantine, but perhaps they'll get it right eventually. Perhaps we could see a Michael Slade thriller on the big screen? It could work, with a good director and intelligent casting. Think about it, Scully. ;)
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Postby raasnio » Thu Sep 01, 2005 10:02 pm

I saw Bruce Campbell last friday at his book signing & film tour stop in K.C. He said there are no plans for an Evil Dead remake and that an Evil Dead 4 might happen if Raimi ever stops making Spider-Man films.

I know, we all heard about an Evil Dead remake, but Bruce says it just isn't happening. He also says that New Line came up with the idea of Freddy vs Jason vs Ash and that it was one of the stupidest things he'd ever heard of.

If you see him, he will rant about how Hollywood only makes remakes anymore. I get the sense he doesn't like them. :D
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Postby vlad » Fri Sep 02, 2005 6:47 am

Thank the Gods for small mercies. That's one project that I would gladly see burn in developement Hell forever.
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Postby Cawdorgraves » Fri Sep 02, 2005 7:48 am

hadn't even heard of that one but that is the dumbest idea ever. In the end Ash had better have won...but we won't even go there.

So far Raimi has stated he is only making 3 Spiderman movies. We can only hope that Evil Dead if ever reprised will be beyond the scope of 1-3.

I would dream of another Road Warrior/Mad Max movie. But hell it had better not suck as bad as Tina Turner: Beyond the HAIRDUE and bad acting. Although I will say, it wasn't completely aweful.

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Postby raasnio » Fri Sep 02, 2005 8:07 pm

Raimi was only going to make 3 films, but Sony has said they want 3 more after that. He can make 3 or he may decide to do all 6. It's hard to say, but I'm sure that he will say what his plans are after the third one is in theaters.

He's a huge Spider-Man fan so he may just make more. I hope not, though.
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Postby MrEd » Fri Sep 02, 2005 8:21 pm

Maybe we should all submit some films we would like to see remakes of. They can be either obvious or not. By 'obvious', I mean that almost any bad film will benefit in some way from even a half-assed remake effort, so maybe some films that weren't thought of as all that bad to begin with can be thought of as the 'not-so-obvious'.
My first submission would be a remake of "The Dirty Dozen". Could've = and should've - been far better.
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Postby Slade » Fri Sep 02, 2005 9:17 pm

I want to see ZULU and ZULU DAWN (in reverse order, of course) - that's both Isandlwana and Rorke's Drift - remade by Ridley Scott.

No rah-rah, no sappy love interest, just straight action building to a feverish pitch when the last survivors are forced to fall back to the mealie bag redoubt and form the firing line.

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Postby MarylandManson » Fri Sep 02, 2005 9:59 pm

Remake wish list?

FORBIDDEN PLANET
CASINO ROYALE
CURSE OF THE DEMON

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Postby raasnio » Fri Sep 02, 2005 10:08 pm

Stephen King's IT

I'd love to see this film directed and adapted by Guillermo Del Toro. Or possibly Frank Darabont since he seems to respect King's stories.
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