Can’t the movie folks come up with SOMETHING new?

May 6th, 2008

I have said on here before that I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE movies. Maybe it is the visual learner in me. Maybe it is the artist in me. Maybe it is the fantasy daydreamer in me. Who knows? I just love movies.

I was looking up tonight upcoming movies for 2009-2011. I could NOT believe the amount of movie remakes that will be coming to theaters over the next two years. Have you ever heard of any of these:

  • The Birds (Tippie Hedren & Rod Taylor were GREAT in this Hitchcock classic)Birds Hitchcock
  • Tron
  • Conan
  • Day the Earth Stood Still
  • Thomas Crown Affair #2
  • Escape from New York (Go Snake Plissken! Love the eye patch.)
  • Short Circuit
  • Incredible Shrinking Man
  • The Invisible Man
  • The Lodger (GREAT Hitchcock classic)
  • Wolfman (Lon Chaney is turning is his grave)
  • Race to Witch Mountain (Remember the Disney Witch Mountain movies in the late 70’s?)
  • Alice in Wonderland (haven’t there been enough of these?)Logan's Run
  • Logan’s Run
  • Fahrenheit 451
  • Dune
  • Wuthering Heights

If you watched a lot of television in the past, here are some upcoming t.v. shows that are being made into movies:

  • Land of the Lost
  • G-Force
  • Greatest American Hero
  • He-Man and the Masters of the Universe

The movies that I am looking forward to seeing in the next 2 years are:

  • State of Play (remake of a BBC mini-series)
  • Akira (a classic anime story)
  • Night at the Museum 2
  • Terminator 4 (yeah, I know….)
  • Toy Story 3 (What can I say? I love that Woody & Slink)
  • Transformer 2 (Robots, Shia, big budget…where do I buy my ticket?)Where the Wild Things Are

Books that will be movies (Yippie!):

  • Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief (Rick Riordan made kids love Greek history again!)
  • Watchmen
  • Inkheart
  • Guardian of Ga-Hoole
  • Coraline & Neverwhere (both by Neil Gaiman)
  • Where the Wild Things Are

5 Responses to “Can’t the movie folks come up with SOMETHING new?”

  1. BayAreaDM Says:

    The Birds is what really honks me off. Produced by Michael Bay with no less than seven(!) writers, it will be a crime against theatrical humanity. Also, I can’t imagine Zack the Hack Snyder doing anything good with Watchmen, although the costumes look promising.

    As long as dumb people keep buying tickets to dumb remakes (Prom Night made HOW much?), then Hollywood will keep churning them out.

  2. Susan Says:

    I kind of understand why people would want to remake a classic that influenced them. They want to see if they could do it better. It’s just a crime that a studio would green-light it though. (BTW, I had no idea they’d made Farenheit 451 into a movie before! I’ve always wanted them to. Hmm. See. This is why they can get away with it. 🙂 Can’t wait to see something from Neil Gaiman come to the big screen!!

  3. Shan Says:

    Yup, I am a Neil Gaiman fan too. I just saw the A&E version of Neverwhere. It was a bit cheesy, but not bad. You can check it out from big city libraries.

    My husband is a big Watchmen fan. I like Alan Moore. It will be neat to see what they do with Roshak’s face.

    I also saw that they are remaking the Incredible Hulk with Ed Norton. Norton is a great actor and might pull of the Bruce Banner character better. However, I miss Lou Ferrigno and his bulging muscles. When they start making an Incredible Hulk that is several stories bigger than the actors, I give up. Computers are wonderful for fantasy, but there are times when an actor makes the movie more believable (Did I say believable? I meant…well, you know what I mean).

  4. BayAreaDM Says:

    Don’t you ever dread that a favorite book is going to be made into a movie? For example, Where The Wild Things Are is a disaster waiting to happen. Also, I think The Incredible Hulk is a “re-imagining”, combining much of the TV show with the comic. I think the huge Hulk is more faithful to the comic.

  5. Shan Says:

    I agree at times about movies vs. books. As I never read an Incredible Hulk comic, I don’t know about the size difference.

    We were watching Star Wars yesterday. Seeing the enhanced/updated computer ships did make the movie better (although those original models did have charm). I do think that computer graphics are amazing nowadays (i.e. Sully’s hair in Monster’s Inc. or the dust particles in Toy Story 2 for example). However, there are times when computer graphics push the limits so much that your brain goes: “Say What?! That is so not even close to being believable!”

    The one huge plus with computer graphics is being able to bring to screen fantasy concepts that they could never attempt before (i.e. comic book heroes). Seeing all my favorite comic book/graphic novel characters being made into movies is a treat.

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