Friday, August 21, 2009

Remake Watch 2009: EVERYTHING EVER WTF

I hate to do so many Remake Watch posts, but I'm working on a fairly extensive article, and there should be some other stuff up soon. Still, even if that stuff was almost ready to go, I'd still have to make this post because Hollywood just went remake crazy. Like last time, I've attached a picture of Chloe Sevigny that has no bearing on anything. Here's the rundown:

- Darren Lynn Bousman started work on a remake of Roger Corman's Mother's Day at some point, and I forgot about it until Briana Evigan and Alexa Vega joined the cast. Via ShockTillYouDrop.

- Shoot 'Em Up's writer/director Michael Davis is heading to Outland. Matthew Lingo approves this message. Via Variety.

- Nobody puts Baby in a corner twice! Will women be drawn in by a Dirty Dancing remake when the sequel (which even had Swayze!) seems to have been largely ignored? Via Production Weekly.

- Japanese film Yomigaeri is being remade into Rainbow Bridge by DreamWorks, with the screenwriter of The Time Traveler's Wife hard at work on a second draft. Variety.

- Sadly, that Disney motion-capture animation movie Robert Zemeckis has been chatting about looks like it's probably his remake of The Beatles' Yellow Submarine, and not Who Framed Roger Rabbit II. Via The Hollywood Reporter.

- Bryan Singer is looking to direct an Excalibur remake, and he also has a big-screen Battlestar Galactica reboot in the pipeline (that won't follow the Sci-Fi TV show, for some reason). Via The Hollywood Reporter.

- There is also an inkling that Fox, a studio that only understands things like fart jokes and talking animals and is unaware of the R rating's existence, might be considering rebooting The X-Files film series with new actors and whatnot, which will just piss everyone off. The report is at Moviehole, but it seems to have come from X-Files News. I couldn't find a link on XFN to put here, so Moviehole it is.

Lastly, even though it won't be out until 2010, you can watch the trailer for The Wolfman right here. I like it.

A jump of 6 remakes!

ETA: I guess there's also a Highlander remake with a recent script review. The Hollywood Reporter reported it in 2008, so it doesn't belong on RW 2009, but I figured I'd add it in.

Remake Watch 2009:
26 film remakes announced
4 film remakes released
2 tv remakes released
1 reboot announced
2 reboots released
1 remakes announced/released direct-to-DVD
1 TV remake

A "reboot" is defined by Remake Watch as a new attempt at a film series with new actors playing old characters (thus, X-Men Origins: Wolverine and Race to Witch Mountain are excluded). Sequels to remakes (The Pink Panther 2, Halloween 2) are ignored.

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