Is there a virus infecting Hollywood and forcing major studios to shoot remakes/reboots of all the good old movies we’ve come to love?
One of the books I’m currently enjoying is the above mentioned, scary as hell, gory and certainly not for kids, book about kids: “IT” by Stephen King. “It” was a best-selling book of 1986 and was adapted for TV as a mini-series in 1990. I was only quarter of the way into the eleven hundred page book when I learned that Warner Brothers are planning to remake the original 1990 movie which starred Tim Curry as the evil Pennywise.
I recently acquired the original version (the 3-hour mini-series), but vowed to hold off watching “It” until I finish the book. Hence, I can’t really comment on how good the televised version is, even though I have a feeling I may have seen the movie at a very inappropriate age. However, that doesn’t mean I can’t have an opinion on the upcoming remake.
When I read that Dave Kajganich had been hired to write the screenplay my first reaction was: “Who?” Apparently, it’s the guy who wrote the screenplay for “The Invasion” (2007) (yes, the one with Nicole Kidman and Daniel Craig). So, at least now I know whom to punch in the face for screwing up the “Invasion of the Body Snatchers” saga (the theme that has been done and redone to death) if I see him on the street.
If you have ever read “It” you know that the novel revolves around two periods of time 27 years apart, 1958 and 1985. What you might not know is that the film-makers have decided the new version is to be set in the present day. I’m wondering if that is due to the fact that the book is so freaking long that they don’t know how to condense 1100 pages of very small font, written about multiple character stories, in two different time-lines into a two hour cinema release. Bear in mind that the original TV mini-series were just over 3 hours long and they had to cut out as well as “condense” a fair bit of the book, or so I have heard. But hey, a lot of people said that “Watchmen” couldn’t be done.
It seems that with “IT” they’re remaking the old movie rather than doing a new adaptation of the book, so…where’s the originality? The production companies are playing it safe by picking easier bets – cult, popular movies that need no introduction or big advertising campaigns; essentially, they’re just replaying the same old song to us over and over, and as the record spins, it wears out and the quality gets worse and worse.
But wait, that’s not all. Dave Kajganich is also set to write a script for the 2010 remake of the… “Pet Sematary”! *Sigh* All we see lately is remakes of “old” films (some aren’t even that old to be reintroduced yet). Of course, we all know they’re doing it for the money, but do they really think they can make it better because of today’s technology, the CGI and special effects? Or do they think their new writers/directors/actors are better?
However, there might be one good thing about remakes – sometimes they can spark up the publics’ interest to the so often forgotten original. I didn’t enjoy the recent “The Day the Earth Stood Still”, but it did make me want to see the 1951 movie.
“They float,” it growled, “they float, Georgie, and when you’re down here with me, you’ll float, too—”
Though it might be scary to see Pennywise in his baggy suit with big orange-pompom buttons, the grinning red mouth on his white face and weird shiny silver eyes, I’m far more afraid of being disappointed by yet another shameless remake.
Help yourself to a balloon.