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THE CRAZIES re-do casts up!

Published at: Jan. 14, 2009, 3:58 a.m. CST by quint

Ahoy, squirts! Quint here with more remake news today. You know, I went through a huge George A. Romero kick in my late teen years. Like most of you, I grew up with his DEAD movies and CREEPSHOW, but I took a crazy adventure over a couple of days where I jumped into MARTIN, KNIGHTRIDERS, THE CRAZIES and SEASON OF THE WITCH. I loved the serious take on the vampire legend in MARTIN and consider it one of Romero's best overall movies, but THE CRAZIES was my favorite. It's just a ton of fun, capturing the spirit of his best DEAD movies, but giving it a completely different identity.

Oddly enough, of all the suggested (and executed) Romero remakes I thought THE CRAZIES could translate the best. It's a dirty and cheap movie with a great central idea (a toxin is released into a town's water supply that, when ingested, causes the ordinary townspeople go insane... causing the government to step in and try to maintain control) and I could see a really fun update to this movie. They have previously cast Timothy Olyphant as the lead and have now cast Radha Mitchell as the female lead according to Hollywood Reporter. I like that pairing. Mitchell's really shown her chops in flicks like PITCH BLACK, SILENT HILL and the sadly released DTV giant croc movie ROGUE. Breck Eisner directs for Overture Films. I hope they make a fun flick and at the very least hope that this remake shines some light on the greatly ignored Romero original.


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  • Jan. 14, 2009, 4 a.m. CST

    cool

    by Power_Girl

  • Jan. 14, 2009, 4:04 a.m. CST

    2nd!

    by malificus

  • Jan. 14, 2009, 4:05 a.m. CST

    sorry, I'm at work and bored.

    by malificus

    One hour to go.

  • Jan. 14, 2009, 4:06 a.m. CST

    This talkback is mine bitches!!!

    by Power_Girl

    I am instituting martial law here... keep all you crazy bottom feeders in order!

  • Jan. 14, 2009, 4:13 a.m. CST

    should of made Ladies Night instead

    by ThePilgrim

    Only the women go crazy in that Jack Ketchum book. Crazies is cool as it is. A remake of it reminds me how much I'd rather see a movie adaption of Ladies Night. An Olyphant fan, I am not. Hated him with since scream 2. He has very intense eyes and a perma smirk, but he doesn't carry himself in a manner that I dig for a male actor. It's that swarmy bullshit machismo act. Any studio wiht a brain rush Ladies Night into dev now!

  • Jan. 14, 2009, 4:23 a.m. CST

    Ain't it remake news?!

    by Ian Holm's milky ass sweat

    This is getting boring. At least try to remake shitty films into good ones....not vice versa. Stoopid suits!

  • Jan. 14, 2009, 4:26 a.m. CST

    Fuck yeah.

    by MelvintheMopBoy

    This is turning out better than expected for a change. Hopefully it'll be a massive improvement on the shallow, juvenile DAWN OF THE DEAD remake. That's right: juvenile. If you like that movie, I suggest you grow the fuck up, cunts.

  • Jan. 14, 2009, 4:43 a.m. CST

    AINT IT REPORTED A DAY AGO?

    by kgerm

    Dude. Why so slow with the news?

  • Jan. 14, 2009, 7:23 a.m. CST

    From the director of Sahara...

    by ImMorganFreeman

    I keed, I kinda like Sahara, and think Eisner will do a fine job. I just wish that they let Brad "Session 9" Anderson have the shot at it he was supposed to. Creative differences, I guess...

  • Jan. 14, 2009, 7:34 a.m. CST

    Meh

    by JuanSanchez

    Seriously - anybody care about this?

  • Jan. 14, 2009, 7:36 a.m. CST

    Sounds like a rip-off of "28 Days Later..."

    by Blue_Demon

    HA! Kidding, kidding!

  • Jan. 14, 2009, 7:38 a.m. CST

    OH BOY, I'M Zzzzzzz.....

    by 2for2true

    wha?

  • Jan. 14, 2009, 8:19 a.m. CST

    Caught the original on tv a couple of years back

    by filmcoyote

    entertaining but not a classic, could be remade really well. Bet it isn't though. Breck Eisner!

  • Jan. 14, 2009, 8:21 a.m. CST

    It would just be 28 Days Later unless...

    by FluffyUnbound

    ...they focus on equivalents of the original's Colonel and Doctor instead of on the townspeople. [Doing so would risk making it a ripoff of Outbreak, but that's less of a risk.] I remember getting an Andromeda Strain feel from the first one - where the real problem was institutional fuckuppery making it impossible to deal with the crisis, and a series of opportunities to deal with the problem going down the toilet as a result. Think of the feel of the first half of The Stand, or of Jurassic Park. If that's not too many references. After all, if you rip off ten sources at once it's less noticeable than if you just rip off one source. If you put up a composite of Romero/Crichton/King/Boyle, hey - you've got yourself a movie.

  • Jan. 14, 2009, 9:09 a.m. CST

    This site is going nowhere

    by ls420

    i come here cause its a throwback to the nineties and a bad habit...jeez guys, its 2009! Will this site ever be as good as /Film or the hundreds of other sites that actully update more then 1 time a day?

  • Jan. 14, 2009, 10:51 a.m. CST

    I can't stand Timothy Olyphaunt, but...

    by a goonie

    ...Radha Mitchell gets a thumbs up from me, so at least she's involved. I find Olyphaunt's acting flat and unconvincing and his work in flicks like Live Free or Die Hard and Hitman is terrible. So I can only get somewhat, partially excited for this news.

  • Jan. 14, 2009, 11:28 a.m. CST

    Brad Anderson?

    by jr42602

    I thought he was directing this? If not, I just lost interest...

  • Jan. 14, 2009, 11:29 a.m. CST

    Crazies sucks

    by The Boz

    I saw this at a Romero fest in Chicago a few years ago. I thought it was terrible.

  • Jan. 14, 2009, 11:52 a.m. CST

    no more brad anderson, unfortunately...

    by duanejones

    ...he would have done an interesting job with this. like quint, i think this is a remake worth doing (as opposed, frankly, to mr. romero's remaking of the same film going on three times in a row...), and tying it into the post-bush, post-katrina hangover of general governmental distrust is just some zeitgeist gravy. dunno why so many peoples dislike tim o. -- no olivier, i guess, but he was perfectly cast in _deadwood_ -- but yeah, i'd go see radha mitchell do just about anything. i was gonna make a pun about her playing major ryder instead, because, well, yeah, sorry...

  • Jan. 14, 2009, 1:35 p.m. CST

    MelvintheMopBoy.. remake Dawn, Juvenile?

    by bongo123

    What fucking planet you living on? the remake pissed all over the original in so many ways as to make the fucker obsolete, but sure one of those diehard romero fans that prob thinks LOTD and Diary were fucking works of art from some sort of zen master... fuck off, this will be DTV shitfest like everyone of his flicks, be glad that Dawn got remade by such a visionary fucking talent

  • Jan. 14, 2009, 2:21 p.m. CST

    *sigh*

    by Cronenfly

    why would anyone want a fun remake of this movie? If its going to be remade it should be a very serious film. dark and gritty. not action packed suspenseful fun. It will probably turn out like 28 days/weeks later anyway.

  • Jan. 14, 2009, 5:03 p.m. CST

    Dawn remake was decent

    by mfoul2422

    It's funny to me that someone that goes by Melvin the Mop Boy would dare call a movie juvenile. Toxic Avenger is a fun, stupid movie, but it's about as juvenile as they come. Just saying.

  • Jan. 14, 2009, 6:45 p.m. CST

    remember when Sahara came out

    by Adelai Niska

    and the ads all said "from director Breck Eisner" like it meant something? Wonder why they did that.

  • Jan. 14, 2009, 8:15 p.m. CST

    No Thanks

    by Hikaru Ichijo

    The original has it's charms, but I miss when Hollywood would rip off a great movie. Now they don't even have the creativity to do that. WHY!?

  • Jan. 15, 2009, 7:30 a.m. CST

    From visionary director Breck Eisner

    by Droid

    Why not? They're calling Snyder visionary.

  • Jan. 16, 2009, 2:50 a.m. CST

    I wish it was Brad Anderson directing though...

    by The Amazing G

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