Sunday, May 31, 2009

FILM REMAKES: Alien, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Tomb Raider, Footloose, & Girls Just Want to Have Fun

Here are a list of remakes in the works:

• The producers of the Tomb Raider reboot intend on giving it Dark Knight street cred by making it more character-driven and less action-oriented. Seriously? The only part of this reincarnation I'm interested in is that it's going to be an origin story and they promise it will be more realistic. Honestly though, if there aren't at least two action scenes, I'll be pissed.

Fran Rubel Kuzui, the guy who directed the 1992 version of Buffy, the Vampire Slayer, is remaking the movie and not using any of the characters from the television series. Thanks for nothing.

• Apparently, they have butchered the Alien franchise to the point that they need to start over. Music video director Carl Erik Rinsch is rumored to be restarting the entire saga and returning to the one alien concept. A lot of Alien fans are up in arms about it, but I think it's a good idea. Anything to erase the memory of Alien vs. Predator. Anything. Relax though. Producers are saying that they don't want to piss off die-hard fans so they're setting it in a time before the first film takes place, which probably means no Sigourney Weaver.

• I appreciate how Hollywood tries to cater to teenagers by cranking out dance-themed rom-coms, but it's getting very close to overkill. First, there were rumors of Dancing with the Stars' Julianne Hough co-starring in the Footloose remake with Chace Crawford (Nate on "Gossip Girl"), and now a Girls Just Want to Have remake is in the works. It was the 1985 teen movie starring Sarah Jessica Parker and Helen Hunt, where Parker teamed up with a bad boy (Lee Montgomery) to compete for a chance to be on a dance show against her father's wishes. Why does this wreak of Miley Cyrus? You know, besides the fact that she remade the song.

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