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Friday
May042012

New Remake of Stephen King's 'Carrie' Might Not Suck

No author’s work is more popular among Hollywood’s magic makers than that of Stephen King, and director Kimberly Pierce’s (Boys Don’t Cry) latest project is no exception. Carrie is expected to be released March 15, 2013. As with every single King based movie in existence, already one cast member (Chloe Moretz) has gone on record as stating the remake will be “kind of” following the novel more so than the 1976 film. Of course, that means the MGM remake will be keeping as true to the book published over 30 years ago as possible, while also modernizing the story.

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Wednesday
Feb222012

'Piranha 3DD' posters and tentative release date revealed

It’s been almost two years since Piranha 3D (a remake of the 1978 B-movie, Piranha) was released in theaters, and the wait for the sequel is nothing if not excruciating. P3D truly had something for everyone: a classic love story, a comically coked up character, buckets of blood, adult actresses, and some crazy prehistoric monster fish shooting out of the screen thanks to the magic of 3D. Still, the question remains: when will the Piranha 3DD (hehe) be released in US theaters?

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Thursday
Feb162012

Movie remakes: Which movies deserve a do-over?

I’ve had a lot of different opinions concerning remakes recently. Everywhere I look, another one seems to pop up, from the lackluster Straw Dogs to the hilariously thrilling Fright Night. I tend to see two different reactions to remakes. If you’ve seen the original film, whether you loved it or hated it, you’re wary of another attempt at it again. Either it’ll be just as bad as the original or a botched blasphemy. If you haven’t seen the original, then you stand a chance of finding more enthusiasm.

There have been plenty of great remakes among the disappointments as well. Compared to it’s loud and campy predecessors, The Dark Knight series has been welcome with it’s dark and gritty take on the infamous Batman origins.

The Oscars aren’t exempt from remakes either. As USA Today points out, most of the nominations films are adaptations of books, and the Guardian thinks the adaptations will be favored to sweep most of the awards. Since I double-time as a bookseller, I can vouch that a lot of people come through wanting to read the books before seeing the movies. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo is a good example. The Artist is one of the only original films up for many awards, and I think it stands to win.

So while we’re talking about the idea that not all remakes are bad, I asked some of the writers here at Cinema Soldier what they’d like to see adapted to the big screen from another medium, or some movies that they would love to see get another chance (or a third). Below are our picks for the movies most deserving of remakes. 

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Monday
Feb132012

Guillermo del Toro to direct 'Beauty and the Beast,' Emma Watson to star

After seeing Beastly, it’s hard to get excited about any new live-action Beauty and the Beast remake, but wiht Guillermo del Toro at the helm, it’s instantly interesting. Variety reports that the renowned director of Hellboy and Pan’s Labyrinth will take charge of “Beast,” a new take on the classic tale. Better, the casting is already going well, with Emma Watson (Harry Potter) signing on to play the beauty—an interesting, but enticing choice. Andrew Davies, known for Bridget Jones’s Diary back in 2001 but more recently for the quite lame The Three Musketeershas been tapped to write. 

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Friday
Jan272012

'The Crow' reboot underway, again

Relativity Media and The Weinstein Company have agreed on a settlement regarding their dispute over the seemingly doomed remake of cult 1994 classic The Crow, reports Deadline

The dispute originated from a disagreement over the 2009 film Nine, when Relativity accused The Weinstein Company of failing to live up to commitments regarding the distribution of the film. They consequently decided to proceed with a different distributor for their remake of The Crow despite both companies already having an agreement in place. An out of court settlement was agreed ahead of what was looking like a lengthy battle and both parties now seem committed to the project having moved quickly to sign F. Javier Guttierez to direct and Jesse Wigutow (It Runs in the Family) to write the script, with Mark Wahlberg and Channing Tatum previously rumored to take the lead role.

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Wednesday
Jan042012

'The Giant Gila Monster' is being remade - Is this the beginning of a B-Movie comeback?

Typically, news of a movie remake is met with incredulous expressions and moans of “why?” or “how could they mess with a classic?”. Every so often, however, a movie is not just worthy of, but entitled to having its story told more than once. That, I believe, is the case with The Giant Gila Monster.

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Thursday
Dec012011

'Evil Dead' remake will be "grounded in reality," says writer

It’s not easy to get behind an Ash-less Evil Dead, but it’s possible. An Ash-less Evil Dead written by Diablo Cody though? I just don’t know. To be fair, the Juno writer has been hired only to rewrite Director Fede Alvarez’s script, and is thankfully not going into this project without set boundaries. According to Reelz, Cody has been instructed to keep the remake “grounded in reality,” and promised not to tart up what was once a cult classic with folk music or Jennifer’s Body-style ridiculousness. 

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Tuesday
Nov012011

'The Evil Dead' remake update: Raimi and Campbell are on board, but no Ash

Fans of The Evil Dead, I have some interesting news for you. First, Sam Raimi, creator of the original 1981 The Evil Dead, is involved in the upcoming remake of the film, scheduled for 2013. Sadly, the 2013 version does not include the beloved and darkly heroic Ash, originally played by Bruce Campbell.

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Saturday
Oct152011

'Steel Magnolias' with an all-black cast: a refreshing remake?

Earlier this week, Deadline revealed that Lifetime is developing a movie based off the classic 1989 film Steel Magnolias, which originally featured well-known names like Sally Field, Dolly Parton, Daryl Hannah, and Julia Roberts. Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, who have worked together several times (Hairspray, Chicago, The Bucket List), will be producing the film with Sony Pictures TV. You might recognize Zadan's name for producing Footloose—the original and the remake. Attached to direct is Kenny Leon (A Raisin in the Sun).

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Saturday
Oct152011

Remake of 'The Crow' loses another director

"There ain’t no coming back!" That frantically repeated line from The Crow (1994) might just running through the minds of those working to remake Brandon Lee’s swan song. (The son of Bruce Lee was killed on set the set of the movie in 1993.) The remake is scheduled to be released in 2013, but has already lost its second director, and still has no star.

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