Gremlins is being re-booted. Ghostbusters 3 is apparently being remade. I’m sure there’s a large audience for these somewhere out there, but after hearing from you guys it’s not necessarily people who make up the BD community. I think that’s a wise stance in some ways. I’m not saying these films can’t be good – it’s entirely possible that either one of them will turn out to be amazing – it just doesn’t seem likely.
A lot of this stems from simply looking at the components. How could it be good? What are we working with here? In the case of the above two movies (especially Gremlins) it’s sort of an unknown quantity at this point. But we do know that the way the current studio system functions, especially in regard to remakes, will make it difficult for these projects to sing in the way that their progenitors did. Hell, the Evil Dead remake did almost everything right in terms of studio approach and a lot of you still didn’t like it (not arguing with your opinions on this, just stating that they exist). It boils down to that, with these kinds of properties – or just even “wouldn’t this be awesome” concepts – we’re always looking at a “be careful what you wish for” scenario.
I suppose one of the first movies that got me thinking this way was Freddy Vs. Jason, which will celebrate its 10th anniversary this August. I still remember heading to the theater on opening night, full of excitement, thinking, “how could this NOT be great?!” Less than 2 hours later I left the theater shaking my head, singing an entirely different tune, “how could I have ever thought this was a good idea?” READ MORE
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You’ve got to admit that Leatherface and his franchise have some serious longevity. They’ve survived four movies in the original series, two in the Platinum Dunes reboot franchise, and now they’re back in the newest reboot (and 7th total) movie. After this many films and just as many creative teams bleeding it for money, you might expect Texas Chainsaw (aka Texas Chainsaw 3D) to feel a bit undercooked. You’d be right. READ MORE
I just got off the phone with Luke Evans (pictured above; The Raven), whose insanely bloody Ryhuhei Kitamura directed slasher No One Lives hits May 10th from Anchor Bay.
While I’ll be posting the entirety of the interview tomorrow, I wanted to share a quick aside regarding the Relativity and the Weinstein Company reboot of The Crow that Evans is currently in talks for. In the original film, a man brutally murdered comes back to life as an undead avenger of his and his fiancée’s murder.
We also briefly touch on the upcoming Dracula reboot, but that’s only in the context of him wanting to step away from horror for a bit. “…I don’t think I need to do another horror movie for a while [laughs].” READ MORE
It seems as if Crystal Dynamics’ fantastic reboot of the Tomb Raider franchise has been more than critically successful. At GDC last week, studio head Darrell Gallagher revealed the game has sold an impressive 3.4 million units, a new sales record for the franchise. With this success, the planning of a film adaptation has (unsurprisingly) begun.
Crystal Dynamics will be working with Graham King’s GK Films on a reboot of the film franchise after MGM purchased the rights. “The enthusiasm over the recent game release is very encouraging and we can’t wait to bring it to the big screen.” King said. Like the video game, the film will follow a younger Lara in her formative years.
Well, I’m about to explode with excitement. Tomb Raider is out, it’s completely incredible, and I can’t wait for Crystal Dynamics to crank out another one. Even better is they are planning to reboot the movie series as well. I know, it’s a little nerve wrecking when you hear that a video game is tossed into the shark infested waters of the movie world. But the good news is that Crystal Dynamics still very much has a hand in the creation of the movie. Some hopefully they will keep it from going to shit. I’m also hoping they cast Camilla Luddington (below) the voice of Lara in the newly rebooted game as Lara in the movie. Check out the full story over at VARIETY.
That long-rumored Thief sequel has finally been made official, thanks to a reveal by Game Informer. Contrary to previous reports, it won’t be called Thief 4. Instead, this will be a reboot that will go by Thief. No awkwardly placed 4? I’m okay with that. Unsurprisingly, it will be a next-gen game, as Square Enix plans to release it for the PS4, PC, and “other next-gen platforms” in 2014. More after the jump.
Resident Evil fans rejoice! Capcom has heard your pleas for help and they’re acting on the dissatisfaction many of you felt while playing Resident Evil 6… and Resident Evil 5. Masachika Kawata, who has been a producer on the franchise for some time now, recently spoke with IGN about Revelations’ upcoming HD port to consoles. I think a lot of what people want now is to have Chris and Jill in a game, or they want it to look like Resident Evil used to look like. That’s what makes the game work for them. We should be able to start from scratch and reboot it. It would still be Resident Evil. We wouldn’t lose the essential nature of what makes it a good game just by changing the characters.” Kawata told IGN.
Did I hear you say “start from scratch and reboot it” Kawata san? My oh my, I do believe I’ve fallen in love (that sentence is best read in a breathy Victorian woman’s voice). More after the break.
Warner Bros. and Amblin might soon be dining after midnight. A few months back I spoke to original Gremlins director Joe Dante about the prospect of either a sequel or a reboot to the franchise. Things looked slightly different then and he was somewhat circumspect about the idea.
At the time Dante stated, “I haven’t had any formal talks, or even informal talks, with them about it. It’s a title in their library that sooner or later will be re-exploited. You can’t obviously do a sequel to the second picture because the cast is too old and I don’t know that that’s the way they’re thinking. I think they’d probably reboot the whole thing and start all over or go in a different direction – take the Gremlins someplace else… I do know that there have been attempts at Gremlins pictures. I know that people have gone in with pitches, but nothing has caught their eye. But I’m not positive that it’s entirely Warner Brothers’ decision. Because it’s an Amblin project, it probably has to be signed off on by Spielberg.”
But now (via Vulture) that last piece may have finally fallen into place. Head inside for more… READ MORE
Development exec-turned-scribe Lindsay Devlin has been tapped to adapt Reboot, Fox 2000’s adaptation of an upcoming Young Adult novel penned by Amy Tintera, reports THR.
Chernin Entertainment is producing Reboot, described as “An edgy YA story set after the world becomes infected with a deadly virus and killer slave soldiers are created from dead teenagers [sounds a bit like Temple of Doom to me]. Two re-animated teens decide to band together to fight the organization responsible.”
The novel is due to be published by HarperTeen in May; Fox 2000 picked up the rights in February.
Says the site, Devlin started as an assistant at CAA before moving on to development jobs at Kerner Entertainment Co. (The Smurfs) and other shingles. Her horror spec “Nocturne” shot her out of the corporate world, and she slowly building is a name for herself in the mostly male-dominated world of genre writing.