Friday, August 27, 2004

Remake report

Here are the notable films being remade by Hollywood. As I always say, no previously made film escapes the recycle bin...

First up, is The Bad Seed. No writer as of yet and no cast. Still, I lay odds this one will get made. Horror films are cheap and they make good money.

Second, and reported more widely is a remake of the 1977 film Oh, God! with Ellen DeGeneres to star as God (in a role previously filled by George Burns). Again, with a star attached, very likely to be made.

The Munsters is being revived by the Wayans Bros. God (or Ellen DeGeneres) help us.

Vanishing Point, a remake of the 1971 film about a man who bets he can drive cross-country in 15 hours. I'll have to investigate the previously made film to determine if this is worthy of a remake or if it is likely. Tony Scott's production company has the rights so I'd say it is 50/50 right now.

Bang the Drum Slowly -- The 70's are providing lots of remake material this week. The original was released in 1973 about the relationship between a pitcher and a catcher, as one of them is diagnosed with cancer. This needs a remake?

Finally, on a related note, The Untouchables may be getting a prequel, focusing on Capone's rise to power in Chicago. No word on casting.

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