Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Drop it Like it's Hot

There are remakes that make sense and then there are remakes that just don't. The past couple of days have produced three stellar examples of the latter.

Firstly they are remaking David Cronenberg's Videodrome. Now, I have not seen this movie, but my experience with that period of Cronenberg tells me that it's one of those things that only he could do. And if someone else was to do it then it would become a vanilla gentrified version of it. Kind of like The Ring (team Ringu 4eva!!!!) Of course, if it is a hit then this will signal the studios to move ahead with remakes of everything Cronenberg has done. They'd probably even take yet another stab at The Fly because 1986 is just so ancient.

Speaking of being ancient, how about this piece of news - THEY'RE REMAKING DROP DEAD FRED. I imagine that, like myself, many people grew up with this movie and it is indeed a cult movie. A true genuine cult movie and not one of those ridiculous mass-produced "instant cult!" movies that they make these days as if the marketers and studios have no idea what being a cult movie actually entails (ie; failure). Now, the thing that really gets me angry is the casting - Russell fuckin' Brand. I can't stand him! What a horrible, disgusting beast of a wanker he is. Can't he do everybody on this planet a big bloody favour and just disappear? And, of course, they are "[making] a film in the tone of Beetlejuice, building a universe around the concept of imaginary friends", so really it's not a remake of Drop Dead Fred at all. That concept actually sounds kind of like Paperhouse and Drop Dead Fred mated and gave birth to Tarsem Singh.

And then of course there is this absurd idea to turn Pedro Almodovar's Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown into some Desperate Housewives-esque TV series. The world is a crazy place.


"We do not approve!"

3 comments:

Joel said...

Videodrome is probably one of my least favourite Cronenberg films (well behind Naked Lunch), but I still against a remake. As for Drop Dead Fred, I just pretend thats not happening either...

Just saw on imdb that Peter Dinklage is in the remake of Death At A Funeral. Hows that for inspired casting?!

Glenn said...

Isn't Death at a Funeral being turned into one of those dire "urban" movies in which black actors speak like racist stereotypes? It has Martin Lawrence and Tracy Morgan so....

Joel said...

"Urbanized" is what they're saying...