Archive for the ‘Remake’ category

Zak Penn’s New ‘Dozen’

July 6, 2007

charles-bronson.gifThe original Dirty Dozen is a classic war movie and you can’t touch the classics.  You can’t stop Hollywood though, and Dozen  has fallen into the remake trap.  This project has actually been in the works for a little while now, but the script, written by André Nemec, Josh Appelbaum and Scott Rosenberg, was apparently not any good, because now Zak Penn has been brought in to rewrite it.  Penn has been pretty popular lately, working mostly on comic book adaptations for the big screen.  There has been buzz around his latest project, The Grand, which he wrote and directed, but I haven’t gotten a chance to check it out.  He seems like a talented writer so perhaps the remake will be done some justice.

The movie is about a group of military convicts sent in on a suicide mission to do some damage during WWII.  Whoever gets cast in this movie has some big shoes to fill because the original had some iconic actors —  Lee Marvin, Charles BronsonErnest Borgnine, and Donald Sutherland just to name a few.  There isn’t any word on when this one might be coming out, but I’ll keep you posted.

The Quick News — 7/5/07

July 5, 2007
  • bradpitt.gifSources say that Brad Pitt is set to star in a remake of the 1968classic Bullitt. The original starred Steve McQueen as a San Francisco cop looking to find the person responsible for the murder of a witness he was protecting. Pitt has been attached to the project for a while, but just recently has it been green lit.
  • Film ick has gotten word, from a usually reliable source, that Michel Gondry is in talks to take over for Tim Burton as director for the upcoming Ripley’s Believe it or Not! with Jim Carrey as the lead.
  • The New Haven Register recently interviewed Producer Frank Marshall to talk about Indiana Jones 4 and his involvement. Marshall discussed the want to shoot the new sequel in the same style as the last three films: “Steven [Spielberg] is very aware of the process and we’re not cheating with CG at all. It keeps the B movie feel.”
  • Variety reports that HBO and New Line Cinema are teaming up to bring Sex and the City to the big screen. The film is looking to start production this fall, with the original [four] leads reprising their roles. I personally, don’t care.
  • I’ve updated my blog roll, so check it out. New to the list are Asymmetric’s Movie Reviews and Laser Sharks (tech info and opinions).  Let me know if you want to be added.

Try The All New ‘Halloween’ Remake, Now With More Gore

July 3, 2007

michael-myers.gifNo Al Gore isn’t making a cameo.

The folks at Blood-Disgusting have reported that Rob Zombie has been hard at work reshooting some stuff for his upcoming remake of HalloweenOver the weekend, he finished a long week of filming, which included 6 new death scenes and a completely new ending scene, which is supposed to be pretty gruesome.  The plan was to up the amount of gore and violence significantly and it sounds like they’ve succeeded. 

I’m a little surprised to hear about re-shoots now, when the movie is scheduled to be in theaters August 31.  I hope this doesn’t push back the release date  

Trailer for ‘3:10 to Yuma’

June 17, 2007

yuma.gifI think of my most favorite genres is western, but it seems like mostly a dying breed these days.  Luckily for me, there still seems to be some interest in making these films and this one in particular looks incredible.  The movie is 3:10 to Yuma, a remake of a 1957 western of the same title.   The film is about a a rancher who agrees to hold a villainous character until the arrival of the next train that will take him to justice.  Really my summary doesn’t do it justice, but trust me in looks great.
There is a brand new trailer for it on the web now and it looks great.  Do yourself a favor and click over to watch it.  The film stars Russell Crowe and Christian Bale and hits theaters October 5 of this year.

Goyer Meets ‘The Invisible Man’

June 13, 2007

goyer.gifVariety reports that David Goyer has been set to write and direct a new take on the H.G. Wells classic The Invisible Man. This incarnation will be “conceived as a sequel to Wells’ original tale, the story centers on a British nephew of the original Invisible Man. Once he discovers his uncle’s formula for achieving invisibility, he is recruited by British intelligence agency MI5 during WWII.” Sounds pretty cool.

Goyer most recently directed The Invisible and Blade: Trinity, and he’s also set to direct and write the X-Men series spin-off film Magneto. He also wrote the screenplay for Batman Begins and the upcoming Dark Knight.

‘Invasion’ Trailer

June 8, 2007

kidman in the invasionI told you about this film the other day, and now The Invasion has a trailer.  Moviefone has the exclusive, so click here and check it out.  Despite everything that’s been going on with this remake, the trailer seems pretty enticing.  We’ll have to wait until August to see, though.

Another Look at ‘Invasion’

June 7, 2007

kidman in the invasionYou may or maybe not know, but there has been a remake of  in the works.  In fact, it’s called The Invasion and it’s already filmed and edited.  But apparently it wasn’t good, and so Warner Bros. brought in the Wackowski bros. and James McTeigue in to re-shoot and re-edit the film.  Last month, after it had been reworked some, there was a review of an early test screening that wasn’t very favorable.  However, the folks at Ain’t it Cool got a new test screening copy and have since posted a review.  The verdict?  According to review Opie, this film is definitely worth seeing.

One of the major pitfalls pointed out was the lack of chemistry between two of the films stars, Daniel Craig and Nicole Kidman.  But I don’t doesn’t appear to bring the movie down that much.

If you want to read the full review, check it out here.