‘Hairspray 2’ And A ‘Rocky Horror’ Remake Beg One Question: ‘Why?’

24 07 2008

Because we haven’t gotten enough of sequels and remakes, prepare yourself for two more. Oh, and they both happen to be musicals. Last year, we got to see a scrubbed down, covered in glitter remake of the John Water’s film, Hairspray. Despite seeing John Travolta dressed both in drag and in a fat suit, I enjoyed the movie. For me, it’s always been one of those fun, feel-good movies and I have no problem with that. Of course, I prefer the original to the remake, but I thought the remake was able to hold its own. Unfortunately, there are those who think we should be graced with a sequel. As of yet, the only person attached to the project is director Adam Shankman. There isn’t a writer, but I’m hoping if this movie is actually going to happen, John Waters should be writing the script/music. None of the original cast has yet signed on to be apart of the sequel, but really, if they can’t get the original cast, why bother? Otherwise, it’ll just end up like Grease 2. Warner Bros. are trying to release the movie by July, 2010, but I personally hope it never comes to fruition.

And now, if things weren’t bad enough, there’s a remake of The Rocky Horror Picture Show in the works. Even though they’re aiming to release it by Halloween of next year, no one is attached to the project yet. if you ask me, some movies were never meant to be remade. The Rocky Horror Picture Show is a cult classic. It’s been iconic in the cult world for years and has a fan base of millions. To me, there’s just no way to remake this movie successfully. There really isn’t even a reason to remake it. It’s doing pretty well on its own. I mean, 33 years later, there are STILL showings of it all over the country. I say they leave it alone, but what can you do, they’re going to make it whether or not people really want it anyway.


Aronofsky Eyes ‘Robocop’ Remake

9 07 2008

Generally, I hate remakes. Mostly because the movies that get remade are the ones that are already good to begin with. If it ain’t broken, don’t fix it. Remake the shitty movies. Anyway, a Robocop remake is in the works and, according to SlashFilm, it’s going to be in 3-D and rated PG-13 (two signs for a sure-fire suckfest). The original Robocop was rated R, and that was after it had been recut to avoid an X rating (nowadays, known as NC-17). It wasn’t a movie to take your kid to on the weekend. Robocop was hardcore. Now, it’s going to be made more “family friendly” and will receive the 3-D treatment. Fantastic.

The only plus I can see for this movie is that Darren Aronofsky is rumored to be directing it. I love Darren Aronofsky, but I’m starting to wonder what’s happening to him. Pi and Requiem were brilliant and The Wrestler and The Fighter are generating a lot of positive buzz, but I can’t see this man directing a watered-down remake of Robocop. Aronofsky is not a sure thing just yet. It’s all rumors at this point, so there’s still hope.

Personally, I’d rather see Michael Bay do it. If the ship’s going down, I’d rather Michael Bay be at the helm.

Trailer for ‘The Day The Earth Stood Still’

3 07 2008

Okay, I’ve seen the original 1951 version of The Day The Earth Stood Still. It’s amazing. Now, I’ve heard very little about this remake, other than that it’s happening. Today, I found the first trailer for the movie and, I must say, Keanu Reeves as the alien, Klaatu, looks pretty much like  Keanu playing and exaggerated version of himself. Unfortunately, I don’t think we’ll get to hear him say, ‘Klaatu Barata Nikto, DUDE!’ but I suppose I’ll be able to live with that.

This movie looks like a complete departure from the original film. The entire message of the original pretty much revolved around world peace. Klaatu comes to the planet Earth to urge humans to live peacefully with one another only to be met with a giant ‘SCREW YOU’ in the form of armies and tanks and guns, showing just how barbaric we can actually be as a people. It was a brilliant movie to come out in that transitional period between WWII and the Cold War. It was the first time an alien came to Earth that WASN’T trying to destroy us and we became the bad guys.

Where the original dealt with man vs. man themes, the new one will deal with the themes of man vs. nature. I guess now that we’ve stopped destroying each other, we can move on to other issues like staying environmentally friendly.

I’m all about protecting the environment and everything, but I think we’re still struggling with the whole ‘stop destroying each other’ thing. I don’t know if I’m ready for an environmentally conscious remake of The Day The Earth Stood Still. I mean, the whole point of the original was to show how violent we are by attacking an innocent outsider. What’s Keanu gonna do, give us a slap on the wrist for polluting the planet? Oh and, according to SlashFilm, there’s no Gort. WTF?

I don’t know. I just don’t see how the themes can be changed while staying true to the original film. What do you think?

UPDATE: Gort will be in the movie and, fortunately, will still resemble to robot from the original film. Well, at least there’s that to look forward to.