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Crappy remake idea #4988... David Cronenberg's THE BROOD now to be Somebody Else's THE BROOD!!!

Published at: Oct. 2, 2007, 3:20 a.m. CST by quint

Ahoy, squirts! Quint here. I love Cronenberg's early stuff... and his recent stuff, of course... But there's something really disturbing about his very early work, a tone that is so purely Cronenberg that the idea of remaking one of those films just seems silly to me. SCANNERS, VIDEODROME, RABID, SHIVERS... even up to DEAD ZONE and THE FLY, although those both have more in common with his later work than his early work. THE BROOD is a personal favorite. Oliver Reed was the man and he kicked ass in that one. If you haven't seen it, it's about a dude who has a wife committed and begins suspecting her treatment might be a little shady... also, there is a pack of murderous mutant children to fuck things up. So, of course, they have to remake it. They being Spyglass Entertainment who have hired Cory Goodman to write the remake script. He's writing PRIEST and the KUNG FU big screen adaptation. Who will be better than Oliver Reed and Samantha Eggar?


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  • Oct. 2, 2007, 3:21 a.m. CST

    testing 1 2 3

    by xega

    test

  • Oct. 2, 2007, 3:28 a.m. CST

    "We mortals are but shadows and dust!!!!!!!"

    by kwisatzhaderach

    Good old Ollie. We need some kind of law passed which states movie companies can no longer decimate movie history by cannibalising quality movies in pursuit of a fast buck. Idiots.

  • Oct. 2, 2007, 3:33 a.m. CST

    "It Came from Within"..

    by nolan bautista

    ..this Cronenberg gem is so good that a re-make,a re-imagining, a re-telling, a millenium-version,a Mark IV version or whatever the fuck version would be welcome..and because "..i'm hungry..hungry for love.."

  • Oct. 2, 2007, 3:35 a.m. CST

    Because 'Eastern Promises' is making money

    by charon

    hand over fist, right? Great director, hopefully his past films won't be sullied in such a manner. But then again, there are the stupid fucks that remade 'Halloween' so we're all pretty much doomed to a future life of idiocracy. ASS!

  • Oct. 2, 2007, 4:03 a.m. CST

    Aww crap...

    by bb6634

    I mean, seriously. Nobody does a Cronenberg film other than Cronenberg. Hell, look what they did with "Fly 2". Kind of missed the point they did... This is like some wanker looking at, say, 'Psycho', and saying: : "Well, it's good and all, but let's update it for the kids." Oh, hold it... Aww crap.

  • Oct. 2, 2007, 4:05 a.m. CST

    'Scarface' ..... umm....err ....... crap

    by Big_Bubbaloola

    i'm outta ideas already. This is harder than it seems. Can I say 'Dawn of the Dead' (as good as, not better' or will I be burnt at the stake.

  • Oct. 2, 2007, 4:22 a.m. CST

    Cronenberg Blows and so do his movies...

    by shmu65

    So maybe this remake will actually turn out ok.

  • Oct. 2, 2007, 4:23 a.m. CST

    I just got the dvd

    by red_weed

    but i havn't watched it yet. I saw it ages ago though. Aren't they remaking scanners already too? And yeah, The Fly is a good remake. I'd also say carpenters The Thing is another that worked for me.

  • Oct. 2, 2007, 4:29 a.m. CST

    Freaky Friday

    by jpdisco

    Have some of that.

  • Oct. 2, 2007, 4:30 a.m. CST

    Ocean's 11

    by jpdisco

    Didn't really like it but the original was goddawful

  • Oct. 2, 2007, 4:32 a.m. CST

    Cape Fear

    by jpdisco

    Well, I liked it.

  • Oct. 2, 2007, 4:32 a.m. CST

    Get Carter

    by jpdisco

    I'll get my coat...

  • Oct. 2, 2007, 4:54 a.m. CST

    So Now Cronies gone mainstream...

    by FILMFUNK

    And normals are going to see his non body horror (boring) stuff Hollywood thinks they'll apreciate remakes of his early minging stuff which normals didn't want to watch in the first place!? There will be a huge flood of remade Cronenberg movies (expect the FLY again any time soon) and then no-one'll go see them and he'll slip back to indy status or retire or his body will burst open and consume himself.

  • Oct. 2, 2007, 5:40 a.m. CST

    Movie are like Aluminum

    by DigitalDong

    They get recycled...you make some money. I'm guessing CA has a bigger payout for deposits, no?

  • Oct. 2, 2007, 5:54 a.m. CST

    I think at some point they were remaking "Fly" as well

    by Gozu

    I distinctly remember some idiot writer or director saying "Yeah, "The Fly" was good, but it always bothered me that the Fly never FLIES." BTW, remakes will be the death of Hollywood.

  • Oct. 2, 2007, 6:13 a.m. CST

    With Shia la Boof as the killer baby!

    by JackPumpkinhead

    Better yet, do a crossover - "The Brood versus It's Alive!". The title makes no sense, but neither do the so-called brains of the executives and scumbag "directors" who sign on to do remakes.

  • Oct. 2, 2007, 6:15 a.m. CST

    Nice zinger, Gozu,,,

    by tonagan

    I can't wait for the indignant responses to that one.

  • Oct. 2, 2007, 7:17 a.m. CST

    Can someone nuke Hollywood for me?

    by C Legion

    Iran, North Korea I don't mind. Once it's been done, tell them that they will be nuked every time a new remake is made.

  • Oct. 2, 2007, 8:03 a.m. CST

    The Brood

    by Jaws Wayne

    Alright, this is one of my faves Cronenberg films and all-time fave movies anyway, like one of the others said, it's a VERY typical Cronenberg film and no-one is gonna out-Cronenberg the man himself. I don't see this story or film being a hit at all, it's just too odd a story, unless it gets a total re-vamp story-wise. But it sounds like a huge bomb or DTV thing already too me.

  • Oct. 2, 2007, 8:52 a.m. CST

    I've given up on complaining . . .

    by Nice Marmot

    . . . the remake machine is running strong, and will not be stopped. I love early Cronenberg and The Brood is one of my favorites so obviously I don't want to see it redone. However, I will still offer my 2 cents on the casting. I can't look at Javier Bardem w/out seeing the young Oliver Reed from The Brood. If they want someone that actually looks like him and can do creepy like he did in that flick, Bardem is your man. Of course it will be Dane Cook or something. I wish I didn't let this kind of news get me down . . .

  • Oct. 2, 2007, 9:58 a.m. CST

    KillĀ“em!!!!

    by Frank Wronazky

    Kill`em ALL!!! i am so freakin fucking tired of all this remake bullshit, im tired of the stupidy of the mainstream culture and the its got more "followers" than ever. the induvidual art is dead, long live mtv.....

  • Oct. 2, 2007, 10:07 a.m. CST

    how old is the Brood and where's the xmen?

    by theonecalledshoe

    heh.

  • Oct. 2, 2007, 10:40 a.m. CST

    Of course it will be TEEEEEEEEEEEEN Brood

    by kabong

    and a comedy.

  • Oct. 2, 2007, 10:52 a.m. CST

    shmu65

    by long live the new chris

    you are a complete idiot. and this remake is a terrible idea.

  • Oct. 2, 2007, 11:20 a.m. CST

    begging to be remade

    by Trapped Under Ice

    KISS vs. The Phantom of the Park - Starring Fall Out Boy as KISS

  • Oct. 2, 2007, 11:22 a.m. CST

    Not surprised

    by Boromir187

    The Weinstein's have a remake of "Scanners" set to film next year with Darren Lynn Bousman at the helm (and David Goyer as writer) and Fox has been trying to get a new remake of "The Fly" off the ground for years. And "The Dead Zone", of course, was redone (or is it still going?) as a TV series. It was only a matter of time before they moved on to Cronenberg's other works. I bet "Rabid" and "Videodrome" will be the next two to go.

  • Oct. 2, 2007, 11:23 a.m. CST

    Also...

    by Boromir187

    ...isn't HBO supposedly slowly developing a TV series based on "Dead Ringers" or they at least were at some point, with Cronenberg as producer? I'm pretty sure I read that late last year.

  • Oct. 2, 2007, 11:35 a.m. CST

    Dead ringers hbo pilot?

    by sinus111

    Anybody know whatever happened with the planned pilot of Dead Ringers for HBO?

  • Oct. 2, 2007, 12:28 p.m. CST

    who the hell can replace ollie?

    by reckni

    the brood is a fun movie, a pretty disturbing one at that, but no ollie . . . can't imagine the horror.

  • Oct. 2, 2007, 12:40 p.m. CST

    OMFG!!!

    by skimn

    I hadn't seen this post when I was replying to the Friday the 13th remake, and thought of the late '70s/early '80s horror films that have been remake fodder lately. Thinking of the good-to-great genre flicks from back then, I thought well at least they haven't/better not remake any early Cronenberg..and lo and behold..

  • Oct. 2, 2007, 12:55 p.m. CST

    It is probably up to 4988 for this year alone...

    by Alonzo Mosely

    Damn you Hollywood... Damn you Hollywood...

  • Oct. 2, 2007, 1:23 p.m. CST

    Let's remake:

    by Dark Knight Lite

    Hollywood exec's! They would look awfully cute in TGI Fridays unifiorms. Then we could get some folks with real creativity at the studios. Marketing has ruined the arts.

  • Oct. 2, 2007, 1:43 p.m. CST

    I always love "the Fly" and "The Thing" argument

    by skimn

    Both remakes are based on the original short stories, and take the original concept: Scientist gets body mixed with fly in a teleporter accident, arctic outpost is invaded by alien, pretty hoary '50s sci-fi concepts, and infuses them with themes relevent to the '80s. Aids, me-decade self help, isolationism, paranoia....they took the basic kernal of a plot and expanded them to something new, whereas nowadays a remake is taking a property and making the photography slicker and the make up and special effects newer. I'm looking at you Platinum Dunes..

  • Oct. 2, 2007, 2:07 p.m. CST

    Jeez

    by TattooedBillionaire

    I'm getting tired of seeing good films remade for the sole reason of making more money. I can care less if Friday the 13th is remade, but The Brood is actually a great horror movie. It's creepy-as-hell, and there's not a chance that this remake will come close to its greatness.

  • Oct. 2, 2007, 2:34 p.m. CST

    Cronenberg had

    by skimn

    Invasion Of The Body Parsites, which was kind of close.

  • Oct. 2, 2007, 2:59 p.m. CST

    Can someone explain Videodrome???

    by Thworldisyours1

    Cause I saw it the other night and it made little to no sense... Interesting flick but what the hell???

  • Oct. 2, 2007, 3:20 p.m. CST

    MoM

    by skimn

    Nah, I was just referencing "They Came From Within". I have read about his earlier experimental shorts from the late '60s ( Stereo? ), but not seen any. Its probably like seeing Lucas' student cut of THX1138, and then his work afterward

  • Oct. 2, 2007, 3:52 p.m. CST

    You know, this remake trend would be a good idea IF...

    by TheNorthlander

    ...we had a current generation of really awsome film makers doing remakes of a generation of not really good film makers original works. Instead of the other way around, I mean. You can't beat Carpenter, Cronenberg & Craven (yeah, sounds like a law firm) at their own game.

  • Oct. 2, 2007, 3:56 p.m. CST

    Stereo and Crimes of the Future...

    by AssWhole

    You can find them on the 2-disc edition of Cronenberg's "Fast Company".

  • Oct. 2, 2007, 4:03 p.m. CST

    HBO series: Dead Ringers

    by RaRoMo

    HBO did consider developing Dead Ringers as a TV series through Morgan Creek Productions for 2006/2007, with Cronenberg as director and executive producer, but it never got past the script for the pilot, and is no longer in development, which is a real shame. For information on the status of TV pilots, recent past and future, take a look at http://www.thefutoncritic.com/devwatch.aspx. I love all Cronenberg, but I have to admit I especially like his earlier stuff, through Dead Ringers. Nobody can get creepy like DC.

  • Oct. 2, 2007, 4:42 p.m. CST

    three days ago..

    by cp

    took in some of my double dip dvds for cash....and found a SEALED #21 CRITERION DEAD RINGERS for $30 canadian. giggled my motherfucking ass off lilian!

  • Oct. 2, 2007, 4:53 p.m. CST

    Northlander

    by Jaws Wayne

    Please don't compare David Cronenberg's output with Craven's. Craven is not an amazing or intelligent writer,storyteller or director. They can remake all of Craven's films, I couldn't care less about that. In fact I thought Aja's Hills movie was about 50 X better than the Craven one. Aja really seems to understand how to do horror a whole lot better than Mr.Craven.

  • Oct. 2, 2007, 5:16 p.m. CST

    Jaws Wayne

    by TheNorthlander

    Craven has done a lot of really good stuff. The first Nightmare on Elm Street is awsome. So is Last House on the Left. To say he's not intelligent is just underestimating those films. The type of storytelling he does is different from Cronenberg's because the stories are of a different nature. They're more plot driven while Cronenberg tends to write more character driven stuff. As for comparing him with Aja, well they're just people from different time periods in film. What Craven did then might not go over as well with an audience today, but what Aja does today might not have gone over well in the late 70's-early 80's.

  • Oct. 2, 2007, 5:59 p.m. CST

    Memories of Murder

    by Jaws Wayne

    First of all thanks for the lecture of the Bergman/Craven connection, which I already knew and I think Last House On The Left is a terrible movie. You love it ? Like it ? Please tell me what you liked or loved about it. The fact that Craven was a teacher really doesn't say all that much about his intelligence. My brother is a teacher as well, but he's no rocket-scientist either. But please explain why you think Last House On The Left is a great movie.

  • Oct. 2, 2007, 6:16 p.m. CST

    Cronenberg is my favorite...

    by FraDolcino

    ...director if i must choose one (which i'd rather not). But in all honesty, I think the Brood is one of his weaker efforts. Something didn't quite gel together for me. Maybe it was his messy divorce at the time so he was trying to insert too many thematic elements but it kinda seems overcrowded. Then again, I havent seen it in years, so it's due for a rewatching. Still better than Rabid in my book, which was just a Corman pseudo-remake of Shivers/They Came From Within/The Parasite Murders. Then again, flawed as I may find it, no dumb fucker better remake a Cronenberg on my watch! Or I'll have no choice but to... come back and bitch online about it...

  • Oct. 2, 2007, 8:02 p.m. CST

    Aja's Hills

    by necgray

    Yeesh, Aja's Hills Have Eyes was horrible. It wasn't all that extreme, for all the hype that got put into it. And what I really really disliked about it was his total lack of understanding regarding tension in a horror movie. When the hippie guy (who gives a shit what his name was?) got locked in the meat freezer, and there's all that jangling music and sound? Wrong!!! Wrong wrong wrong, absolutely wrong! Totally deflated the tension. What's scary about a situation like that is that NOBODY CAN HEAR YOU. It's silent. He should've left the music and non-diagetic sound out of that scene and left us with just hippie guy smacking the glass. Way more tense. And when hippie guy gets all tough and heroic, Aja's got these fucking ridiculous Heroic American Badass strings rising on the soundtrack. WHAT? I'm not watching a Schwarzenneger film, you idiot! I mean, there was a LOT wrong with that movie, but those soundtrack issues just killed me.

  • Oct. 2, 2007, 8:12 p.m. CST

    Craven...

    by VegasRon

    ...had two good movies, the first Nightmare on Elm Street, and my personal favorite by him, Swamp Thing, which was the first great comic flick, IMO. Everything else he's done has been absolute ass or just unimpressive. Last House on the Left is an overrated POS. I can't believe Shocker is actually being remade.

  • Oct. 2, 2007, 11:11 p.m. CST

    Wait, I Can Explain Videodrome

    by Aquatarkusman

    It's Cronenberg's magnificent requiem for the BetaMax. Seriously, though, no idea. Had it stayed on the literal course with maybe conventional mind-control overtones, I could have followed it. James Woods becoming some sort of VHS Super-Saiyan in the last 30 minutes... not so much.

  • Oct. 3, 2007, 2:21 a.m. CST

    VegasRon/NecGray

    by Jaws Wayne

    I'm with you man on both Craven movie choices, same order as well. As for Necgray, I seriously think Aja's Hills is a really good horror-ride. But the fact remains, that no big studios have the balls to greenlight TRULY scary and original filmscripts. I can dream up dozens of frightening unfilmed movie stories that would out-horror 99.9 of all fright films ever made. But for some reason, studios always seem to greenlight the ones I bet they think are the easiest to sell to the big masses and crowds. But it's not all doom and gloom, as good and intense horror films are still being made. Of course it's not the majority, but this has never been the case in the 100 year history of filmmaking.

  • Oct. 3, 2007, 9:56 a.m. CST

    videodrome =

    by long live the new chris

    my favorite cronenberg. watch it again.