With remakes and homage's all the rage at the moment both
in films and music, nostalgia is everywhere. Recent years have given
us serious movie remakes such as The Italian Job and Ocean's
Eleven (both of which have now spawned sequels due in 2005!),
tongue in cheek remakes like Starsky and Hutch and Charlie's
Angels, but also remakes that should never had been attempted
like The Ladykillers!
Never the less the trend continues, and here are a few examples
of remakes due: -
The the success of supernatural series such as Charmed,
Buffy the Vampire Slayer and the recent Hex, witchcraft
is all the rage at the moment. It was only a matter of time before
this 60's comedy series about a newlywed man who's finds out his
wife is a witch, resurfaced in one form or another. But will the
combination of Nicole Kidman as Samantha, and Will Ferrel as Darrin
actually work? The casting seems to be a mix of extremes, the
Kidman not known for her comedic acting and Farrel bordering on
the slapstick in most of his films. With a supporting cast including
Shirley MacLaine (as Samantha's mother
Endora) and Michael Caine, the film seems to be a strange combination
of actors. At least there's bound to be plenty of the nose twitching
that Elizabeth Montgomery made so famous in the original series.
60's TV series remake are like busses, they never turn
up alone! This series told the story of a United States astronaut,
who after crash landing on a desert island, stumbles upon to a
bottle containing a female genie. Originally staring Barbara Eden
and Larry Hagman, no casting has yet been confirmed for the new
version, although both Jessica Simpson or Lindsay Lohan (Mean
Girls, Freaky Friday) have been mentioned for the title
role, which doesn't bode well for the film at all!
Even after a failed attempt to remake this classic
50's sci-fi movie as a series back in the 80's (in which they
even managed to get Ann Robinson from the original movie to reprise
her role), Steven Spielberg is still going to try again. With
big names like Tom Cruise, Dakota Fanning and Tim Robbins already
signed up we can only hope the film doesn't drift too far away
from its classic original.
Possibly the strangest news this
year was when Tim Burton announced he'd be directing a remake
of this 70's Gene Wilder family film. Based on the Roald Dahl
book where young Charlie Bucket finds a golden ticket in a chocolate
bar and hence wins the chance to tour the famous Chocolate Factory
of Willy Wonka. The film will reunite Johnny Depp (as Willy Wonker)
and Freddie Highmore (as Charlie) after their sucessful pairing
in Finding Neverland. The supporting cast is also impressive including
Helena Bonham Carter, James Fox and even Christopher Lee as Willy
Wonker's Father! And yes the Oompa Loompa's will return!
Not such as serious remake by the
look of the cast - Seann William Scott (Bulletproof Monk)and
Johnny Knoxville (Men in Black 2) will take on the roles
of the Duke boys of Hazzard County, with Jessica Simpson set to
inherit the denim shorts of their cousin Daisy. With Burt Reynolds
to play Boss Hogg, and Willie Nelson as the Duke boys Uncle Jesse,
you can expect something similar in tone to the Starsky and
This 70's TV series starting Lee
Majors about a crippled test pilot, who is rebuilt with nuclear
powered limbs and implants to serve as a unique intelligence agent,
is set to make a reappearance with of all people Jim Carrey in
the title role as Colonel Steve Austin!
And now for another film that had
no need to be remade! The 60's and 70's Peter Sellers films are
a classic of British cinema. Even after a failed attempt to recreate
the feel of the films with Son of the Pink Panther back
in the 90's they are trying again! Why the American's need to
destroy this in the same way they did with The Ladykillers
is beyond me. Steve Martin is set to play Inspector Jacques Clouseau,
with a supporting cast including Kevin Kline and Beyoncé Knowles,
but after his dismal attempt to replace Phil Silver's in Sgt.
Bilko a few years ago its unlikely he can live up to the standard
of humour set by Peter Sellers either.
More remake horrors to come soon...
Article by Paul