THE CRAZIES re-do casts up!
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
Jan. 14, 2009, 4:04 a.m. CST
Jan. 14, 2009, 4:05 a.m. CST
One hour to go.
Jan. 14, 2009, 4:06 a.m. CST
I am instituting martial law here... keep all you crazy bottom feeders in order!
Jan. 14, 2009, 4:13 a.m. CST
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
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
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
Dude. Why so slow with the news?
Jan. 14, 2009, 7:23 a.m. CST
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
Seriously - anybody care about this?
Jan. 14, 2009, 7:36 a.m. CST
HA! Kidding, kidding!
Jan. 14, 2009, 7:38 a.m. CST
Jan. 14, 2009, 8:19 a.m. CST
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
...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
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
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
I thought he was directing this? If not, I just lost interest...
Jan. 14, 2009, 11:29 a.m. CST
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
...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
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
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
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
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
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
Why not? They're calling Snyder visionary.
Jan. 16, 2009, 2:50 a.m. CST
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