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Old October 5th, 2004, 02:17 AM   #1
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DVinfo topic of the week - If you could remake...

If you could remake any movie you wanted, with a reasonably unlimited budget (say low nine figures), which movie would you remake?
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Old October 5th, 2004, 03:06 AM   #2
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That's a tough one... I want(ed?) to change the ending of "Heat".

Otherwise probably the Batman franchise, but that's already
being done by somebody else <g>
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Old October 5th, 2004, 08:14 AM   #3
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The entire Chronicles of Narnia series that was awfully done by BBC some years back, starting with "The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe". Such an action-packed, exciting series for young and old just waiting for a properly budgeted modern film.

But that might be cheating the question since it's not really a remake, per se.
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Old October 5th, 2004, 09:01 AM   #4
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Sticking with the chronicles theme... How about Chronicles of Riddick. I loved Pitch Black but that sequel was a trainwreck.

Also I'd love to do a remake of either "The Andromeda Strain" or "Logan's Run." I think someone actually is redoing Logan's Run though...
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Old October 5th, 2004, 12:46 PM   #6
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'The Magnificent Ambersons' using Orson Welles' original script and with Sam Mendes directing
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Old October 5th, 2004, 01:29 PM   #7
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I would remake "The Seven Samurai" in a modern setting.
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Old October 5th, 2004, 01:53 PM   #8
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<<<-- Originally posted by Keith Loh : I would remake "The Seven Samurai" in a modern setting. -->>>
I thought about it, but I figured it would come out like "The Magnificant Seven". Shoot, look at the stirring that is caused by Han/Greedo shot first in Episode IV of Star Wars ;)

Edit - Better explanation. I would be afraid to remake it. To me, it is one of the Holy Grail films. You just can't make another one. You would be lynched if you tried to redo Gone with the Wind, It's a Wonderful Life (wait, didn't Marlo Thomas try that), or some of the Hitchcock films.
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Old October 5th, 2004, 02:51 PM   #9
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I think the story is so good it can be set in any number of locations and settings. I wouldn't be afraid to redo it, just that it wouldn't be "The Seven Samurai". It would be the seven whatevers.

It already has been redone not only as "The Magnificent Seven" but also by Roger Corman as "Battle Beyond the Stars". It featured James Cameron's effects and design.

Brian de Palma wanted to make a version set in Central America.
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Old October 5th, 2004, 06:28 PM   #10
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<<<-- Originally posted by Imran Zaidi : The entire Chronicles of Narnia ... -->>>

I'm waiting eagerly for this one! The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe is supposed to be out Dec 2005. And then they're going to try and do all the other books as well. Those New Zealander's are really becoming a movie making powerhouse.
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Old October 5th, 2004, 11:35 PM   #11
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generally i'd hate remakes. here are two reasons why:

1. if the original sucked... why remake it? this is why you have ocean11 and lots of other 'remakes' that simply take material that suck and added modern suck-ness to it.

2. if the original rocked... why remake it? wouldn't you just watch the original? i could throw up if i hear anymore remakes about 7 samurai. it was perfect as it was.

it's a pretty extreme view but hey... let's face it, after all, how many movies are original anyway? nowadays movies are based on books, older movies, used ideas, etc. heck they were doing that during the silent films anyway.

now... i think i have to balance this view with some sense+sensibility (an awfully slow movie). there are many that i know that scoff when i mention 'black and white' movies. heck i haven't even mentioned silent and they brush it off. i just don't get that at all! so that's why i think Peter Jackson's right when he says that no one will go see the 1933 version of king kong... why not remake it with modern technology and give audience a version that does justice to the original but also gives people a chance to want to watch the original for comparison. that's an interesting idea and ultimately a dilemna. should we remake chaplin's films cause no1 wants to see black and white movies with NO DIALOGUE? should we remake it so as to cause them to watch the original? interesting topic...
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Old October 6th, 2004, 12:11 PM   #12
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Interesting points.

The reason why I want to see "The Magnificent Ambersons" remade is because RKO re-dited and reshot new scenes and stripped down the film to 2/3 it's original running time.

Someone remade it once, but word is that it's terrible.

I actually like Ocean's 11. I think they call it a 'remake' because it's good marketing to use an established name, because if you compared the two versions, the stories are really different.

Now what I don't get is recreating a film, shot for shot, like Gus Van Sant did with 'Psycho'. And even worse, the original was so much better.
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Old October 6th, 2004, 01:07 PM   #13
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I'd remake a classic that can't be made bad because the story is to good.

A Christmas Carol comes to mind....I might actually do that?
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Old October 6th, 2004, 01:49 PM   #14
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Wow, Michael, they really ARE remaking Narnia! I'm excited!

Mostly I really hope they don't screw it up. I see two familiar faces in the IMDB list for its cast, and it seems good.

Tilda Swinton should be a SPOT ON White Witch.
http://us.imdb.com/name/nm0842770/

And Jim Broadbent will make a great Professor.
http://us.imdb.com/name/nm0000980/
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