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Is A Remake OK If The Guy Who Made The Original Film Is The Person Remaking It??

Merrick here...
We all know there are far too many remakes in the pipeline these days - and most of us aren't particularly happy with "the system's" lack of originality when we know there are many original projects being turned down in the name of reviving safe, pre-established, easily marketable fare. But...does that equation change at all when a remake is actually being mounted by the person who made the original film? I guess that would depend on the project... Donald Wrye is remaking his own movie - ICE CASTLES (HERE). Wrye's 1978 original starred Lynn-Holly Johnson (who played, well, an ice skater in FOR YOUR EYES ONLY) & dealt with a figure skater whose life is turned upside down when she loses her sight...and how she continues to skate despite her damaged vision. The film's Marvin Hamlisch/Carol Bayer Sager/Melissa Manchester theme song nabbed an Oscar nomination & subsequently became a muzak favorite...
Re: the new version...
Figure skater Taylor Firth will play the starring role..;
...says THIS snippet in Hollywood Reporter. Based on past Talkbacks, Donaly Wrye's name may be recognized by many Geeks as the writer/director of the controversial ABC miniseries AMERIKA - which chronicled life in the United States ten years after a Soviet takeover. I'd rather see that revisited, but I guess we can't have everything...

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  • April 6, 2009, 11:38 a.m. CST


    by Spaz Medicine

  • April 6, 2009, 11:39 a.m. CST

    Yes a remake is okay if the original guy is doing it again

    by D.Vader

    That's one of the only ways I approve of a remake. The other is if it is handled by someone with deep love and respect for the original- see Cronenberg, Carpenter, Jackson, etc.

  • April 6, 2009, 11:40 a.m. CST

    It worked for Hitchcock and Haneke.

    by Knuckleduster

    Why the fuck not?

  • April 6, 2009, 11:41 a.m. CST

    Like `The Vanishing`?

    by chuffsterUK

    The remake was shite.

  • April 6, 2009, 11:42 a.m. CST

    And Didn't Work for Sluzier

    by Aquatarkusman

    The Vanishing, Kiefer n' Mumbly Jeff Bridge version, was awful. As for this film, who the fuck cares?

  • April 6, 2009, 11:45 a.m. CST

    Michael Mann did Miami Vice again, so hey

    by terry1978

    He evolved since the tv show, but chose to update it in his own manner.

  • April 6, 2009, 11:47 a.m. CST

    Isn't the bigger problem that it's ICE CASTLES?

    by Domi'sInnerChild

    Does the public really demand an update of it becaused on the success of Ice Princess and The Eye?

  • April 6, 2009, 11:48 a.m. CST

    You mean like The Ring 2?

    by Monkey Butler

    Because that was pretty much as bad as this bullshit ice-skating movie sounds. Or does it not count because it's a sequel to a remake rather than the remake of a sequel?

  • April 6, 2009, 11:48 a.m. CST

    Yeah!....Ummm No.

    by groorgman

    Greedo Shot first...need we say more?!

  • April 6, 2009, 11:48 a.m. CST


    by Timahh

    who gives a shit about whose remaking it. Martin Scorsese could be doing the remake, its still about a blind figure skater.

  • April 6, 2009, 11:51 a.m. CST

    I watched a movie this weekend that should be remade

    by Alkeoholic77

    It's a little movie called Highlander. I really think that a remake could help out that movie especially with how cooler sword fights have become in movies.

  • April 6, 2009, 11:52 a.m. CST

    20,000 Leagues Under the Sea by Fleischer

    by EriamJH

    So the answer would be "No."

  • April 6, 2009, 11:53 a.m. CST

    Think about it!

    by Alkeoholic77

    You could have Christopher Lambert play Ramirez so he would still have a hand in the movie! Plus Mr. Krabs could still be the Kurgan if he wanted to because he is still pretty big! It would be awesome!

  • April 6, 2009, 11:56 a.m. CST


    by TheKGB01

    no one watched or heard of the movie the 1st time...why do it again??? AIC BORING NEWS...good skating now???? Triple Lutz Yawn here... Now if someone leaked a workprint...LOL

  • April 6, 2009, 11:57 a.m. CST

    The Beaver Trilogy by Trent Harris

    by SympatheticDevil

    proves that revisitation of the same material by the same director can be brilliant. That being said, I'd rather have my toenails ripped out with pliars than watch a remake of Ice Castles, but I feel the same way about the original.

  • April 6, 2009, 11:58 a.m. CST

    You mean like Nightwatch/Freeze?

    by DerLanghaarige

  • April 6, 2009, 11:59 a.m. CST

    Fucking Ice Castles

    by elm_leon


  • April 6, 2009, 12:01 p.m. CST

    Are You Fucking Kidding Me?!!?

    by Grandpa Bunche

    A remake of ICE CASTLES??? Seriously?!!? That's it, then. We are truly living in the Last Days. What's next, a remake of ZAPPED?

  • April 6, 2009, 12:01 p.m. CST


    by smylexx

    well, Evil Dead 2 is pretty much a remake of part one...but with more laughs and chainsaws, right?

  • April 6, 2009, 12:06 p.m. CST

    Do you know what they really need to remake

    by Lane_myers111

    They need to do a dark toned lord of the rings style live action version of the late seventies cartoon "the Flight of Dragons". It would be awesome. If youve seen it youll no what i mean. James earl jones,john ritter and Harry morgan provided voices for the englush dub.

  • April 6, 2009, 12:09 p.m. CST


    by AwkwardAvenue

    Because everyone in hollywood must STOP. Anything that sucks that is not a remake is good now. BECAUSE ITS NOT A FUCKING REMAKE.

  • April 6, 2009, 12:10 p.m. CST

    AIRN. Aint It Remake News.

    by AwkwardAvenue

    God this hollywood and site sucks.

  • April 6, 2009, 12:11 p.m. CST

    I'm excited

    by yodaismyhomie

    I remember watching this movie as a kid and liking it. I think it would be great to see updated into the modern day when we seem less tolerant of people with disabilities than we were back then. I don't know why AICN is talking about this though because it is NOT the kind of movie that 99% of the people here would be interested in, but for the 1% like me, it's fantastic!

  • April 6, 2009, 12:13 p.m. CST


    by kwisatzhaderach

    What's the point?

  • April 6, 2009, 12:13 p.m. CST

    We should just scrap the term "remake" altogether

    by seppukudkurosawa

    And replace it with "rerake," as in re-rake in more of the moneyz!<p> I'm with you on a rerake of Amerika, though. Great idea, very shlocky execution. And if the crappy sounding rerake of Edge of Darkness actually pulls in a profit, I wouldn't be surprised if this actually happened. 'cept they'd have to replace the Soviets with the Chinese.

  • April 6, 2009, 12:13 p.m. CST

    ICE CASTLES? Isn't that an Intellevision game?

    by ricarleite2

  • April 6, 2009, 12:14 p.m. CST

    This is "cool news"?

    by GaiustheBrave

    What the fuck? What.The.Fuck.

  • April 6, 2009, 12:16 p.m. CST

    sounds dumb, gay and stupid

    by Charlie_Allnut

  • April 6, 2009, 12:21 p.m. CST

    There's one guy who shouldn't be allowed...

    by ebonic_plague remake his own movies: George Lucas. Wokka wokka.

  • April 6, 2009, 12:22 p.m. CST

    Someone Shoud Remake AICN


    i love this site but where is all the "cool" news?

  • April 6, 2009, 12:22 p.m. CST

    And it DIDN'T work for Hitchcock or Haneke

    by seppukudkurosawa

    The original Man Who Knew Too Much was far more imaginatively shot and more atmospheric. Plus it didn't have the frankly annoying Doris Day belting out Que Sera, Sera for no reason in particular.<p> The American remake of Funny Games is only better if you have hardcore dyslexia and can't read.

  • April 6, 2009, 12:25 p.m. CST


    by ebonic_plague

    An X-rated, "Heavy Metal" version of a Flight of Dragons remake would be awesome, and by awesome I mean totally sweet. As a kid, istening to the lyrics of Don McLean's theme song for that cartoon taught me a lot about the effects of drugs.

  • April 6, 2009, 12:25 p.m. CST

    Lynn-Holly Johnson?

    by Stuntcock Mike

    Roger Moore fucked her.

  • April 6, 2009, 12:28 p.m. CST

    remake wolverine!!

    by cool_britannia79

    it sucks! ice castles = cool news? really?

  • April 6, 2009, 12:39 p.m. CST

    The Roar Shack <-- great name for a club!

    by IAmJack'sUserID

    Whore shark.

  • April 6, 2009, 12:40 p.m. CST

    The Roar Shack - nice name for a nightclub

    by IAmJack'sUserID

  • April 6, 2009, 12:41 p.m. CST

    Oh thank God.

    by Flyingcircus

    People have been hoping for this for years. Now if we can get Hollywood to remake "Dutch" and "Dunston Checks In," we'll be set. I also have an idea for a 2hr movie about a piece of dog shit with notebook paper in it. The notebook paper will be CGI.

  • April 6, 2009, 12:43 p.m. CST

    Its official...

    by skimn

    Hollywood has run out of things to remake.<p>Will they make MY idea of a blind drivers training instructor??

  • April 6, 2009, 12:44 p.m. CST

    IIRC, Lynn Holly Johnson...

    by KazamaSmokers

    ...married some filthy rich investment guy and became a crazed right-wing fundamentalist.

  • April 6, 2009, 12:44 p.m. CST


    by spud mcspud

    Just for allowing anything of his to be remade. Christ, he was the fucking co-producer of Rupert "WHATTHEFUCKISTHISSHIIIIT?!?" Wainwright's celluloid enema THE FOG. There is no fucking excuse, and John Carpenter needs to have all the pussy beat the fuck out of him before he goes and lets them remake ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK with someone other than Josh "Should be fucking SNAKE" Holloway, or remakes fucking BIG TROUBLE IN LITTLE CHINA with fucking Zac Efron.<P> I don't care how great his old stuff was - and he is, let's face it, THE MASTER OF 80s HORROR - he let them remake THE FOG and HILLBILLYWEEN. Those happened on JC's watch. So, no matter how good the videogames, the fried chicken and that fucking bong are - if I ever meet John Carpenter in the street, I'm punching him in the gunt.<P> Of course, were I a multi-millionaire, I'd just pay him enough to keep him in fried chicken, weed and games forever, in return for the all the rights he holds to his own stuff (not much as I recall reading) so he can NOT LET SHITKICKING STUDIO COCKSUCKERS DUMB DOWN HIS CLASSICS FOR THE NEXT ADD DUMBFUCK GENERATION!!!<P> Yeah, I feel pretty strongly about this.

  • April 6, 2009, 12:45 p.m. CST

    Didn't DeMille remake The Ten Commandments?

    by skimn

    The original didn't have Edward G Robinson playing a South Bronx Jew in the desert.

  • April 6, 2009, 12:46 p.m. CST


    by Zandunga this even on AICN? Why would anyone think we care about this item, or this kind of movie? Just a slow news day, huh?

  • April 6, 2009, 12:46 p.m. CST


    by spud mcspud

    seppukudkurosawa, show some respect, or I'll take that fucking Hanso off you and spank you with it. Doris Day was a GODESS. Bow, lowly dog, and recognise!

  • April 6, 2009, 12:46 p.m. CST

    Always loved Billy Crystals impression

    by skimn

    "Where's your Messiah NOOOOWWW?"

  • April 6, 2009, 12:47 p.m. CST

    It's even worse if it's the original guy...

    by Gabba-UK

    It's basiclly saying that the first time was shit and everyone involved wasted the effort. Which in the case of Ice Castles, they did.

  • April 6, 2009, 12:50 p.m. CST

    It was ok when Raimi remade Evil Dead

    by slone13

    <p>And yes, I know it's technically called Evil Dead II, but we all know it's a remake.</p> <p>It WASN'T ok when Haneke redid Funny Games, since both versions sucked.</p>

  • April 6, 2009, 12:50 p.m. CST

    Remake TROLL with Daniel Radcliffe as Harry Potter Jr

    by spud mcspud

    Meta-hijinks ensue.

  • April 6, 2009, 12:50 p.m. CST


    by skimn

    Damn straight sir! Anyone dare to touch The Thing, and they'll pull away a bloodied stump.

  • April 6, 2009, 12:51 p.m. CST

    This guys been sitting around for decades thinking...

    by Shepard Wong

    "There is so much more I would do if only I could get another crack at Ice Castles. It just doesn't meet the vision I had in my head." Kinda makes Lucas' constant tinkering with the OT seem normal by comparison.

  • April 6, 2009, 12:51 p.m. CST

    Does FUNNY GAMES suck?

    by spud mcspud

    I'm still unsure of whether it's worth two hours of my life to see it. I'm in my late 30s now, I gotta make my movies count these days knowwhaddumsayin'?

  • April 6, 2009, 12:52 p.m. CST

    Screw Zapped, they should remake Gotcha!

    by KillDozer

    Imagine how much cooler the paint ball fights could be using today's technology!

  • April 6, 2009, 12:52 p.m. CST


    by smatt584

    worked for Evil Dead 2, but then again, it was supposed to be bad.

  • April 6, 2009, 12:52 p.m. CST

    Also, fuck remakes

    by KillDozer

  • April 6, 2009, 12:54 p.m. CST

    I also like when Raimi remade Spiderman

    by skimn

    as Spiderman 2 & 3. Hero battles villian created by science/has relationship issues with girlfriend/saves girlfriend held hostage at end.

  • April 6, 2009, 12:54 p.m. CST

    Evil Dead 2

    by henrydalton

    So... yes.

  • April 6, 2009, 12:54 p.m. CST

    skimn - DAMN YOU RONALD D MOORE!!!

    by spud mcspud

    The dude that made the new BATTLESTAR GALACTICA every flavour of awesome until that batshit insane (and not in a decent David Lynch way) finale is working on a sort-of prequel to THE THING, regarding what happened at the Norwegina station. One of the more fucking stoooooopid ideas was that one of the Norwegians was Macready's brother. Which doesn't even remotely explain why Macready never mentioned that fact ONCE in JC's superb 1982 remake.<P> Yup, lightning only strikes onxce with RDM - this movie stinks like melting shit on a very hot day.

  • April 6, 2009, 12:54 p.m. CST

    Merrick, does your 15 year old son give a damn about this?

    by Leafar the Lost

    Really, who gives a flying fuck if some guy is remaking Icecastles? My God, does Harry give you guys a article quota or something? How many shitty articles do you have to come up with in a week?

  • April 6, 2009, 12:56 p.m. CST

    Well in answer to the question...

    by Mathom

    Funny Games was a successful example of this at work. Of course it was shot for shot.

  • April 6, 2009, 12:56 p.m. CST

    As a filmmaker myself...

    by 2dope

    I can say without a doubt that there are things in films I have done that part of me would love to go back and 'do right.' But life usually doesn't let us do this. Other projects come along and things get pushed to the side, and eventually you just say "Oh well" and forget about it. But, if the opportunity DID come along, I would definitely go back and redo some things.

  • April 6, 2009, 12:57 p.m. CST

    Would like a remake of TAG.

    by mrfan

    You know, The Assassination Game. The one where they play paintballs on campus, the winner every year finally gets eliminated, goes nuts, and starts to kill the others with real bullets.

  • April 6, 2009, 12:59 p.m. CST

    Somebody Should Adapt Crystal Castles

    by Aquatarkusman

    I think that was the arcade game where the little bear picks up coins in a 3-D landscape, avoiding goblins, witches, and carnivorous trees.

  • April 6, 2009, 1 p.m. CST

    You have got to be kidding me.

    by DoctorWho?

  • April 6, 2009, 1:02 p.m. CST

    Jensen Ackles for Jack Burton!

    by spud mcspud

    I'm actually liking SUPERNATURAL more and more. If they HAVE to ass-rape my favourite JC movie, I think The Ackles has the requisite level of blowhardiness to make it work. Plus I'd love to see who they'd cast as Wang-Chi. John fucking Cho!

  • April 6, 2009, 1:05 p.m. CST

    It's All About The Music

    by Fievel

    Hopefully an emo version of "Through The Eyes Of Love" is in the works.

  • April 6, 2009, 1:06 p.m. CST

    Aquatarkusman - GHOULS'N'GHOSTS

    by spud mcspud

    And the whole thing is shot from the side, 2D-style, like the corridor scene from OLDBOY but for about 85 minutes. Get the OLDBOY director to do it, but remind him it's going to be PG...

  • April 6, 2009, 1:11 p.m. CST

    surprised they didn't get try to get Shawn Johnson for the lead

    by StevenScorsese

    You've got strike while the iron is hot and nothing is hotter right now than Shawn Johnson, ice skating and crappy remakes! I just hope they find the right doucheyness quotient to fill Robbie Benson's shoes. Perhaps Toby Maguire, one of the Jonas Brothers or anyone involved with Twilight.

  • April 6, 2009, 1:14 p.m. CST

    Super Ghouls and ghosts...

    by DrBrianOblivion

    ...was the best game everrrr made...I loved when he would get hit and his armour would fall off and you were forced to fight giant exploding ameobas and avoid getting hit with lava throw up all while in your underoos.

  • April 6, 2009, 1:19 p.m. CST

    No, it's not ok

    by HerbWestAustin

    isn't Raimi doing another remake of EVil Dead? Let's hope not.

  • April 6, 2009, 1:23 p.m. CST


    by smatt584

    I agree, but just so you know, latest reports are that they completely scrapped that script treatment and are starting from scratch for "The Thing" sequel/prequel. Either way, as long as they don't go all ET on Carpenters movie, I don't give a shit.

  • April 6, 2009, 1:24 p.m. CST

    DrBrianOblivion - Super G'n'Gs

    by spud mcspud

    My favourite aspect of those games? That damned addictive theme tune! I was about 14 when I last played it, but I can STILL hear it in my head! AAAAARRRGHHHHH!!!

  • April 6, 2009, 1:26 p.m. CST


    by Mullah Omar

    Either you blew it the first time or you'll blow it the second time. <br> <br> Also, if your career is healthy, you shouldn't have to keep going back to the same trough to get a job. Same genre is one thing, but same story? Not a good sign that you are at the height of your creative powers.

  • April 6, 2009, 1:26 p.m. CST

    I've been told...

    by DrBrianOblivion

    ...that I look like a young Rush Limbaugh

  • April 6, 2009, 1:28 p.m. CST


    by spud mcspud

    Now THAT is Cool News! From what I read of that RDM reboot, it was as derivative and predictable as you'd imagine it to be. At least with a clean slate...<P> Ah, what am I saying? Now they'll make it Macready's son, and it'll be Shia LeFuckingBoeuf. Jeeeesus.

  • April 6, 2009, 1:28 p.m. CST

    Shepard Wong??

    by skimn

    A What's Up Tiger Lily reference? Nice name, sir.

  • April 6, 2009, 1:28 p.m. CST

    Not if it sucked the first time.

    by Galactic

  • April 6, 2009, 1:29 p.m. CST

    I've been told...

    by spud mcspud

    ...That I look like the rabbit from that kid's book GUESS HOW MUCH I LOVE YOU.<P> Long stringy arms, long stringy legs, and a big fat rotund torso. I basically look like the really long-armed alien from CLOSE ENCOUNTERS with the torso of Johnny Vegas.<P> Ladies, get in the queue NOW.

  • April 6, 2009, 1:30 p.m. CST

    What a wonderful Psychosis to have though...

    by DrBrianOblivion

    ...That music was epic. The game was just so trippy bizarre though... And they wonder why 20 somethings are so strange... There really should be a new movement of film that feels like a super nintendo video game...

  • April 6, 2009, 1:32 p.m. CST

    = Wheres my Alf movie!!!!!! Damnit

    by wowsucks

    I am really holding out for the R rated Alf Movie. Hey a great script, crap puppet, and lots of dead cats... It's coming!!!

  • April 6, 2009, 1:32 p.m. CST

    I was told that I look like....

    by DrBrianOblivion

    ...a young karl hungus

  • April 6, 2009, 1:34 p.m. CST

    It's a sad sad day...

    by harrys_site_sucks

    ...when AICN runs an article on Ice Castles. Really weak man.

  • April 6, 2009, 1:35 p.m. CST



    Really with all things movies and given how behind the times this site can be, is this really a story that deserves any time and space? Possibly the worst scoop ever to grace this site. Blind Ice Skating movie WTF. Maybe get Taylor Hackford back for White Knights. Two rival studios rushing to release their movie first. One may have won an oscar, but White Knights Redux will have Lionel Richie again, this time with 50 cent, Say You, Say muthafucking me muthafucka! Gonna Ice Skate Like it your Birthday!

  • April 6, 2009, 1:36 p.m. CST

    They should remake Ice pirates

    by DrBrianOblivion


  • April 6, 2009, 1:38 p.m. CST


    by ChaimBenSexyback

    But I thought she was gonna get smacked at 3:45. Great song. Can't wait to see this and all the leg-spreading spins.

  • April 6, 2009, 1:40 p.m. CST

    I'VE BEEN TOLD ...

    by ChaimBenSexyback

    I look like a young Melissa Manchester.

  • April 6, 2009, 1:43 p.m. CST

    Really what is the deal with this?

    by skimn

    Was the Lifetime Channel needing two hours to fill?<p>BTW, my idea for The Thing sequel would occur about 2 weeks after the original ended. A supply chopper flies to the outpost on its regular rounds and finds the charred remains of the building. Upon examination they find the frozen bodies of Mac and Childs. They take the bodies to a nearby hospital, in a small secluded Artic town. In the hospital, one of the bodies begin to thaw and mayhem ensues. One of The Things destroy the power, and the hospital is running on a limited reserve power generator. A snow storm prevents outside help, so the inhabitants are trapped inside the hospital, with a time limit imposed, and a duplicating alien...

  • April 6, 2009, 1:45 p.m. CST


    by ChaimBenSexyback

  • April 6, 2009, 1:46 p.m. CST

    Couldn't be any worse than The Fly II

    by skimn

    Talk about a sequel pissing all over the original..great gore and makeup effects though.

  • April 6, 2009, 1:47 p.m. CST

    Ive been told I look like...

    by DrBrianOblivion

    a young John Merrick

  • April 6, 2009, 1:50 p.m. CST

    According to Jim: THE MOVIE

    by mrfan

  • April 6, 2009, 1:53 p.m. CST

    I'VE BEEN TOLD ...

    by ChaimBenSexyback

    I look like a young Barack Obama. <P> ... down there.

  • April 6, 2009, 1:55 p.m. CST

    Interesting same-director remake from the past?

    by MovieManStill

    "Five Came Back" (1939) and "Back from Eternity" (1956) by John Farrow, father if Mia. Plane crashes in isolated jungle, with variety of characters on board, and headhunters/cannibals in the mix. The original B & W is my favorite, actually.

  • April 6, 2009, 1:57 p.m. CST

    Barack Obama believes in change so much...

    by DrBrianOblivion

    ...he was born a woman

  • April 6, 2009, 2:03 p.m. CST

    Just makes it doubly pointless

    by REVENGE_of_FETT

    but seriously....ICE CASTLES?!?

  • April 6, 2009, 2:05 p.m. CST

    barack Obama is so awesome...

    by DrBrianOblivion

    ...that the audacity of hope was written by an 85 year old barack obama who traveled back in time and gave the manuscript to the young barack obama...

  • April 6, 2009, 2:09 p.m. CST


    by ChaimBenSexyback <p> Began crying at 5:31. Now I have to Netflix this thing. Beautiful.

  • April 6, 2009, 2:10 p.m. CST

    Flat Out.

    by MainMan2001

    Remakes are for pussies. Hollywood sucks big balls.

  • April 6, 2009, 2:12 p.m. CST

    Lynn Holly Johnson

    by MovieManStill

    There's a name I haven't heard in a while. She started out big, then practically disappeared. Check out "The Watcher in the Woods" from that time period. Talk about a film being rethought to death. Check out the IMDb listing on its history - Disney didn't know what to do with it.

  • April 6, 2009, 2:12 p.m. CST


    by ChaimBenSexyback

    Toe pick!!!!!

  • April 6, 2009, 2:14 p.m. CST


    by ChaimBenSexyback

    is not going to let this feeling end. <P> Good on him.

  • April 6, 2009, 2:15 p.m. CST

    Hitch Did it...

    by bdhthx1138

    But then again that was Hitchcock... "The Man Who Knew Too Much". And both versions are really good.

  • April 6, 2009, 2:16 p.m. CST

    A remake is okay regardless of who's making it

    by User EGO

    if it gets financed and a greenlight, it's okay.

  • April 6, 2009, 2:18 p.m. CST

    No opinion either way on this

    by palimpsest

    I think, though, that Haneke's FUNNY GAMES remake is underrated. For the king of remakes see the aforementioned Mr Carpenter. How many versions of RIO BRAVO has he made (not that there isn't some cool stuff in all of them...)? And Hitch's reworking of THE MAN WHO is simply sublime.

  • April 6, 2009, 2:30 p.m. CST

    And I'd rather see "Amerika" on freaking DVD.

    by JackPumpkinhead

    It's not even P2P'd anywhere. Unbelievable. Are US audiences still afraid to watch it?

  • April 6, 2009, 2:33 p.m. CST

    Rescue Dawn

    by enderandrew

    Rescue Dawn, Evil Dead 2, Desperado

  • April 6, 2009, 2:37 p.m. CST

    Remake Gymkata

    by enderandrew

    That's all I'm asking for.

  • April 6, 2009, 2:41 p.m. CST

    Technically this is cool news...

    by Alkeoholic77

    The movie is called Ice Castles after all... Ba DUM bump!

  • April 6, 2009, 2:42 p.m. CST

    ChaimBenSexyback - THE CUTTING EDGE!!!

    by spud mcspud

    Fucking awesome movie - one of those genuine surprises. I saw it in 1992 when it first got released, back when I watched a movie at the cinema EVERY SUNDAY WITHOUT FAIL, and enjoyed it way more than I thought I would. Paul Michael Glaser is a great director, and both leads were just so likeable! Oh, and remaking this without Moira Kelly is just - is just --<P> It's like recasting Agent Scully, for God's sake. No Moira Kelly and DB Sweeney = NO CUTTING EDGE REMAKE!<P> Though they need to remake SPAWN right fucking NOW. Without DB Sweeney. And definitely no Michael Jai White. Keep the Leguizamo, though.<P> CSB - Are you Professional?!?!?

  • April 6, 2009, 2:44 p.m. CST


    by spud mcspud

    But keep Eddie James olmos as the teacher. SO SAY WE ALL!!!

  • April 6, 2009, 2:45 p.m. CST


    by spud mcspud


  • April 6, 2009, 2:45 p.m. CST

    Cutting Edge remake

    by skimn

    Its been done and was called Blades Of Glory.

  • April 6, 2009, 2:45 p.m. CST

    Remake BATMAN

    by spud mcspud

    Oh... wait....

  • April 6, 2009, 2:46 p.m. CST


    by ChaimBenSexyback

  • April 6, 2009, 2:48 p.m. CST

    DON'T remake THE SHADOW

    by spud mcspud

    The first movie is a fucking fantastic superhero movie that frankly deserved a LOT more respect than it got back in the day. Alec baldwin is actually great in it. Penelope Ann Miller - sexy, feisty. Tim Curry - there's always room for Tim Curry! Sir Ian McKellen as the brilliant kidnapped scientist! And John Lone is brilliant as the Shadow's nemesis, Shiwan Khan.<P> Trust me, fuckos. Netfilx THE SHADOW and tell me that shit wasn't under-rated! Awesome, awesome stuff.

  • April 6, 2009, 2:48 p.m. CST


    by ChaimBenSexyback

    I liked DB Sweeney in Fire In The Sky - thought that was a great movie. Thanks for mentioning him, I need to Netflix that one too.

  • April 6, 2009, 2:50 p.m. CST


    by ChaimBenSexyback

    Cuz I always follow a Professional's advice.

  • April 6, 2009, 2:51 p.m. CST

    I know my ones, my two and my threes essay...

    by DrBrianOblivion

    ...stand and deliver is the only movie that math teachers in high school don't feel guilty showing to their class...Fucking history teacher gets all the good movies...

  • April 6, 2009, 2:57 p.m. CST

    Wasn't DB Sweeney in a flick

    by skimn

    with, maybe, Charlie Sheen, as an undercover cop investigating a stolen car ring...kind of an early Fast & Furious..

  • April 6, 2009, 2:58 p.m. CST

    I'm very disappointed

    by K|LLDOZER

    that someone is using my talkback name i've had since about 2003. it's like that time i noticed that other guy wearing the same legwarmers as i was at Prom in 1987.

  • April 6, 2009, 3:02 p.m. CST

    Only Nelson has the right words to soothe your pain Killdozer...

    by DrBrianOblivion

    HA ha....

  • April 6, 2009, 3:06 p.m. CST

    What about a remake of a remake's remake?

    by bobsjohnson


  • April 6, 2009, 3:07 p.m. CST

    OMG! ICE CASTLES!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    by S_Rorschach

    where the fuck am i?

  • April 6, 2009, 3:07 p.m. CST

    FIRE IN THE SKY! Amazing movie!

    by spud mcspud

    I just remember the attention to detail really scared the shit out of me - stuff like all the detritus of other humans, glasses etc, in the dusty corridors of the spacecraft as they wheel Sweeney through on the trolley. And the reaction he gives when he's found in that house - naked, screaming at everyone, hiding behind the tipped-up table. That movie still gives me chills to watch it, and it's mainly due to the powerhouse performance DB Sweeney gives. Damn good true-life case too - there's way too much investigation and research gone into the Travis Walton case for it to be dismissed out of hand...

  • April 6, 2009, 3:09 p.m. CST


    by spud mcspud

    Not saying that you are, of course - but if you ARE that Professional BSB, what the hell happened? Did you get the Ban Hammer?<P> "I'm out of it for a little while, and everyone gets delusions of grandeur..."<P> ("DannyGloversDickBlood a Jedi Knight? He can barely take care of himself!" ;D)

  • April 6, 2009, 3:15 p.m. CST


    by finky089

    i saw FITS in the theater by myself when I was young and, though I was fascinated by it, it scared the crap out of me, too. DB Sweeny does a great job as travis. I've only seen it a handfull of times (mostly in snippets) since then, but what i have seen again still seemed to hold up well. One of the images that sticks in my mind is when the aliens are dragging him or wheeling him down that long hallway and one of them looks back at him with this creepy fuckin face that is something just short of a frown. Don't know why, but that always creeped me out. <p> Did you ever see Communion with Christopher Walken? I saw it once, right around the same time as FITS, and that was all i could stand. I don't remember how well-made the movie itslef was, but I do remember one part where they nailed the suspense. <p> Walken wakes up in bed in the middle of the night. He thinks he hears something or that someone is in the room with him. It's dead quiet. He sits up in bed, looks around. Sees nothing. He cautiously lays back in bed and that's when from right behind the bookshelf in front of him, one of the aliens leans out and looks at him. <p> Creeped the shit out of me for years. I'd be lying if I said that to this day, whenever I get up in the middle of the night and look at a piece of furniture against a wall, it doesn't make me think of something poping out from behind it. <p> Fuckin alien movies...haha

  • April 6, 2009, 3:18 p.m. CST

    ChaimBenSexyBack, must be BSB

    by finky089

    If he hasn't seen FITS. BSB, weren't you the one who SOMEHOW hadn't seen Big Trouble In Little China a few months back? Please tell me Netflix has gotten it to you by now!

  • April 6, 2009, 3:22 p.m. CST

    by saintsaucey

    Shawn Johnson is a figure skater. They should have gotten Tara Lapinski. Though personally I wish they would get Amanda Seyfried. I still won't watch this movie.

  • April 6, 2009, 3:26 p.m. CST

    Evil Deads....

    by Bonevtcpa

    Wasn't Evil Dead 2 kind of a remake of Evil Dead by Raimi..? That worked out ok?

  • April 6, 2009, 3:27 p.m. CST


    by spud mcspud

    Cheers for that, now I won't sleep tonight! No, I read the book COMMUNION back in the 90s, but haven't gotten round to watching the movie. I heard there was a bit where Walken tries to teach the Greys to dance?!?<P> But yeah, alien movies freak me out! Except for SIGNS, which was all kinds of shite. One for you to look out for is ALIEN ABDUCTION: THE MACPHERSON TAPES, a kind of Blair Witch Close Encounters, where a family is terrorised by Greys for ages and decides to leave video cameras all over their ranch. Coincidentally, this is on a night when they have a LOT of activity...<P> It's surprisingly effective, and damn scary in parts - very recommended!

  • April 6, 2009, 3:29 p.m. CST

    Funny Games

    by phool2056

    It's not wrong for a director to remake his own movie, but, like with Funny Games, it's kind of redundant. I mean, I love both Funny Games movies, but they don't both really need to exist.

  • April 6, 2009, 3:36 p.m. CST

    New Freddy Kruger: Horschak

    by DrDoomsDonkeyPunch

    If not now, when?

  • April 6, 2009, 3:54 p.m. CST

    At last!

    by TinkerTIW

    Well, this oughta shut everyone up who's been begging for this all these years. Now when are they gonna remake HARD TO HOLD?

  • April 6, 2009, 3:56 p.m. CST

    Alien films?

    by DocPazuzu

    Try Fire in the Sky. Seems like a semi-suspenseful drama for the first hour or so but then the movie flashes back to Walton Travis' abduction and it's "pants, meet shit" time. Brutal, creepy-ass stuff, right there.

  • April 6, 2009, 3:58 p.m. CST

    JackPumpkinhead re Amerika

    by DocPazuzu

    Bit torrent is your friend.

  • April 6, 2009, 4:03 p.m. CST


    by spud mcspud

    Welcome to the party, pal! We've been discussing FITS and yes, the flashbacks to the actual abduction seem to be the bits where we all shit ourselves watching this movie. It's amazing how well this movie holds up - and how great the cast is too. DB SWEENEY, ROBERT PATRICK, CRAIG SHEFFER, PETER BERG, HENRY THOMAS, JAMES GARNER... that's not a bad cast for a TV alien movie. (That got the big-screen treatment, heh heh ;D)

  • April 6, 2009, 4:06 p.m. CST

    Lucas, Spielberg

    by skullivan

    I think if George Lucas decided to remake the original Star Wars trilogy (a move that isn't outside the realm of possibility) most fans would throw a shit fit. We've all seen how his and Spielberg's changes to Star Wars and E.T. have gone over. That's no different than remaking your own movie. So the appropriateness is going to be directly proportional to the size of the fanbase. Ice Castles? Most people would never know it was a remake to begin with.

  • April 6, 2009, 4:07 p.m. CST

    let Clive Barker remake NightBreed

    by wash

    Or at least film re-film all the shit that got cut and is now supposedly lost.

  • April 6, 2009, 4:09 p.m. CST

    My bad

    by DocPazuzu

    Sorry, I usually read through talkbacks before posting but I was impatient this time.

  • April 6, 2009, 4:09 p.m. CST

    Is it OK to make a remake if the original film sucked?

    by MrMysteryGuest

    Let's look at that premise, shall we?

  • April 6, 2009, 4:10 p.m. CST

    Holly Johnson

    by wash

    What does the singer from Frankie Goes to Hollywood have to do with this?

  • April 6, 2009, 4:12 p.m. CST

    9,859 TO GO.

    by alice 13

    you can do it. <p>yes you can.

  • April 6, 2009, 4:14 p.m. CST

    Who gives a fucking shit about that movie ?

    by NotVeryFunny

    Ain't it Lame News !

  • April 6, 2009, 4:14 p.m. CST

    Fire in the Sky

    by DocPazuzu

    What's so shocking about it is how different it is from other depictions of alien abductions where there's a sort of ethereal sheen and it's all very new agey and hallucinatory. In FITS it's just fucking BRUTAL, with dirt, screaming, pain, horror, violence and sheer terror. Awesome.

  • April 6, 2009, 4:21 p.m. CST

    HITCHCOCK did it

    by NivekJ

    So why not? When he spoke of "The Man Who Knew Too Much <p> <p> <p>Hitchcock said the first one was the work of an amateur. The second was the work of a master. <p>Besides wasn't The Ten Commandments a remake? And Ben-Hur? NAD Wizard of Oz? That's tears it. I'm remaking Star Wars. <p>The Star Wars! Adventures of the Starkiller!! Fookin' A!

  • April 6, 2009, 4:22 p.m. CST

    Noit's not ok..a remake is a quick way of saying "I'm all out of

    by alienindisguise

    And seriously who DOES give a shit about this??? probably all of 10 people in the whole country. Yeah remake this dumbshit and watch it make $20 you retarded studio suits.

  • April 6, 2009, 4:24 p.m. CST

    Agreed on FIRE IN THE SKY

    by spud mcspud

    First movie I ever saw where the abductee is basically just a piece of meat. Walton gets dragged, thrown on a table, forcibly held against his will, physically violated by God knows what experiments, and the unceremoniously dumped back on Earth... fucking terrifying. Made me think: is this how animals in research labs feel when they're being experimented on like this?<P> Then I shrugged and finished my Big Mac. Mmmmmm. MaccyD's.

  • April 6, 2009, 4:25 p.m. CST

    And that rubber sheet they shrink-wrap him with!

    by spud mcspud

    That shit gave me nightmares. I really need to rewatch that movie. great, hair-raising, terrifying stuff.

  • April 6, 2009, 4:35 p.m. CST

    michael mann adapted miami vice from his tv show

    by supercowbell4therequestformorecowbell

    adapting a tv show to movies is different. this is just dumb.

  • April 6, 2009, 4:36 p.m. CST

    Point of order.

    by RobinP

    Isn't the same person making the same film again thus technically not a "re-imagining" ? (See, I always wondered what the hell the difference between a remake and a reimagine was, now I've cracked it !)

  • April 6, 2009, 4:45 p.m. CST


    by spud mcspud

    Remake = doing the same shit the same way<P> Reimagining = doing the same shit the same way.. WITH A TWIST!<P> Both are, in the main (exceptions notwithstanding) roads to Hell...

  • April 6, 2009, 5:03 p.m. CST

    RobinP, you have it right

    by NivekJ

    That works, but a reimagining can also be taking the core concept, and redeveloping it from the ground up. For example, if I were to reimagine Beetlejuice, it'd still have a deceased couple, a troubled Goth girl, and a wisecracking, mischevious ghoul. <p>BUT, I may incorporate elements from the cartoon. Or I maky make a hard-edged, rated R version. Or it just may be loaded with sex. <p>BUT, Tim Burton could do the same thing, and it would be a remake, and a reimagining. But then again, ANYONE could do that, and it would still be a remake or reimagining. <p>Remakes and reimaginings in themselves are not bad. Only when they're badly done. The history of cinema is loaded with classic examples of remakes, redoings, adaptations, new versions, and retries. Story is story, and good stories are hard to come by. That's why they get re-done.

  • April 6, 2009, 5:07 p.m. CST


    by spud mcspud

    NICE FUCKING MODEL! *grabs crotch* HONK HONK!

  • April 6, 2009, 5:11 p.m. CST

    I don't see The Grudge mentioned anywhere

    by myspoonistoobig

    That was pretty lame. Pretty sure the same guy pooped out The Grudge 2 as well, so there you go.

  • April 6, 2009, 5:12 p.m. CST


    by Rebeck2

  • April 6, 2009, 5:12 p.m. CST


    by Rebeck2

  • April 6, 2009, 5:14 p.m. CST

    I Said, Hey...

    by Rebeck2

    I like Ice Castles. I don't care, that is a tearjerking classic. See...they forgot (sniffle)...about the flowers (sob)... Okay. The line to beat me up forms on the right.

  • April 6, 2009, 5:21 p.m. CST

    "Re-imagining" = a creative way to "remake" a movie

    by finky089

    and cling to an argument that you aren't "re-making" it because of said "Twist". Lame. <p> Besides, there's nothing inherently wrong with remakes. Some remakes are arguably better than the originals: Ben Hur, Color of Money, Little Shop of Horrors, Cape Fear, Father of the Bride, Ocean's 11, possibly Batman Begins, and 3:10 to Yuma [from what I hear, I haven't seen 3:10 to Yuma]. They aren't all Oscar winners, but I'd argue all of thsoe films are more entertaining than the originals. "Re-make" has become a dirty word though, and frankly, seeing most of what has come from Hollywood in the form of a "re-make" I understand why.

  • April 6, 2009, 5:23 p.m. CST

    This, but no "KINGS" talkback?

    by ReportAbuse

    Seriously what part of this struck anyone as remotely "cool" except in the most literal (ice) sense? That Fame remake will be cooler than this, though I'm still holding out for that Baz Luhrmann "Xanadu" ...

  • April 6, 2009, 5:25 p.m. CST

    Nice bit of relevant reporting there, Merrick...

    by Anti-fanboy

    I'd accidentally shit myself from strain trying to care less about this than I do.<br>Actually, as a kid, this used to get more than its fair share of air-time during the dark ages of pre-cable tv, and I was strangely fascinated with how incredibly, painfully, unfuckingbelievably boring it was. ICE CASTLES!? Wow.

  • April 6, 2009, 5:26 p.m. CST


    by finky089

    Hopefully you wouldn't leave out the dead football team dancing to "Senora" on a staircase at the end. <p> ("Handbook for the Recently Diseased" <p> "Deceased" <p> "...Deceased.")

  • April 6, 2009, 5:28 p.m. CST

    ReportAbuse - stop saying shit like that

    by finky089

    You give bad studios bad ideas! <p> Remake Xanadu, Indeed! <p> <p> Actually it's ripe for it now, isn't it? Especially with a new Xanadu muscial already out there.

  • April 6, 2009, 5:31 p.m. CST

    To me a remake is good...

    by emteem

    ...if it's good like, say, the John Huston version of The Maltese Falcon. I'm happy I have it, and I wouldn't without remakes.

  • April 6, 2009, 5:35 p.m. CST


    by ChaimBenSexyback

    Yepster, I am BSB - just converted for Passover. BSB will be back for Easter. Glad to see the love for FITS! I mean, I loved that movie when I first saw it, but never revisited it (until now). I remember Robert Patrick being great in it too. <P> Finky ... thanks for remembering me re: BTILC. It's still in the queue, and I am guilty for not bumping it. I will do so now!

  • April 6, 2009, 5:36 p.m. CST

    You Know...

    by Rebeck2

    And, again, I can't believe I'm "defending" Ice Castles, but this is a site for FUCKING MOVIES, guys. Not HORROR MOVIES...not SUPERHERO MOVIES...not APATOW SEX COMEDIES...not TARANTINO CRAP... It's about ALL MOVIES. If you don't want to hear about anything at all but the same comic book crap then go to another site and stop calling yourself a "movie geek" cuz you don't qualify. Granted, this is chick flick crap, but my point remains. If you don't give a shit, then don't post on the talkback. See how that works? Isn't that amazing? Save yourself the time. We all know how cool you are, you don't need to prove it. The same thing happened with Quint's column... "Who gives a shit about movies before 1995??!" God forbid AICN started talking more about foreign or independent movies (that don't have kicking, monsters or blood), all hell would break lose. I'm sure there's some corny film like this one that gets to you hardass bastards. TCM: The Beginning?? Something like that? Seriously. When did movie geeks get so fucking narrow-minded? As a kid I remember loving The Sound Of Music as much as I did Jaws or Butch Cassiy or The Godfather or James Bond. The Way We Were too. Ooooooooh, I must be a fucking HOMO! I better not tell anyone!

  • April 6, 2009, 5:39 p.m. CST

    Lynn Holly Johnson...

    by Kid Z

    ...was one of the first actresses I had a major hard-on for when I was a kid. Watched this stupid fuckin' movie on HBO everytime it showed. She looked damn good in those short little skating dresses!

  • April 6, 2009, 5:40 p.m. CST


    by ChaimBenSexyback

    Don't let this feeling end !!!!!

  • April 6, 2009, 5:43 p.m. CST


    by finky089

    good call there on Maltese. I forgot about that one! Another strong case for GOOD remakes of not-so-hot originals

  • April 6, 2009, 5:43 p.m. CST


    by ChaimBenSexyback

    Great post. Because of this post I'm looking forward to watching Ice Castles. And I've got Melissa Manchester in the background now. It's all good! <P> Don't hate!!! <P> Appreciate!!!!

  • April 6, 2009, 5:48 p.m. CST


    by finky089

    Remember your Four Questions: <p> Why on this night does Hollywood insist on both good AND crappy remakes of crappy movies instead of just good remakes of crappy movies? <p> Why on this night do we eat bitter herbs when we go to the cineplex? (Because it makes shite like Fast & Furious seem not as shitty) <p> Why on this night do studios insit on double-dipping DVD sales by putting out a standard version, then a year later, another version with "new extras"? <p> Why on this night does anyone in a theater not shutting the fuck-up while I try to enjoy Watchmen automatically get a flaming leg kick? (Because shutting-the-fuck-up during a movie is the Professional thign to do!) <p> Yeah, these were pretty random...

  • April 6, 2009, 5:50 p.m. CST

    Oh, and CBSB

    by finky089

    remember to take plenty of mahror with your matzah, or you know, your shit canal will be more full of it than all the Hollywood studios put together! More full of it than a Michael Bay movie is full of big 'splosions!

  • April 6, 2009, 5:54 p.m. CST


    by ChaimBenSexyback

    1) Because they don't consult Talkbacks first. If they did, all remakes would be great. Especially casting. <P> 2) I like your answer. <P> 3) Capitalism / Greed. Time for a RevoLucian. <P> 4) I thought you might have been out of pencils?

  • April 6, 2009, 5:55 p.m. CST


    by frank cotton

    on what film/which director. the boo-hoo factor of ICE CASTLES will probably get it greenlit

  • April 6, 2009, 6 p.m. CST

    Funny Games US sucked

    by TheWaqman

  • April 6, 2009, 6:04 p.m. CST


    by emteem

    I hadn't seen your list when I posted, but good list.

  • April 6, 2009, 6:06 p.m. CST

    Blind ice skater doesn't impress me.

    by otm shank

    You want to impress me?<p> Take the wheel for a while motherfucker.

  • April 6, 2009, 6:52 p.m. CST

    No, that's worse

    by CherryValance

    It's like they hate their own movie. There is nothing wrong with ICE CASTLES!!!

  • April 6, 2009, 8:13 p.m. CST

    Fire in the Sky is an awesome movie

    by The Amazing G

    nice to see that get some love here

  • April 6, 2009, 8:23 p.m. CST

    DePalma, Phantom of the Paradise, Wright

    by Anna Valerious

    I've said it many times, AMC confirmed last year Brian DePalma was working on a script for a remake of it...however, I think I'd like to see him hand the directing duties over to Edgar Wright. But it makes me hope that he has some grip on today's youth culture...and the fact people know the actual "Phantom" story thanks to Andrew Lloyd Webber.

  • April 6, 2009, 8:47 p.m. CST

    by ironburl

    it don't get much more uncool than freaking ice castles. New low dude.

  • April 6, 2009, 8:47 p.m. CST


    by ironburl

    Trying to think of a less cool movie....

  • April 6, 2009, 8:52 p.m. CST

    What we really need....

    by iambrucewillis

    is a remake of Colour of Night. The friggin' pinnacle of the erotic thriller.

  • April 6, 2009, 8:55 p.m. CST

    I though for a second it was about "Ice Pirates"

    by ufoclub1977

    but this? really? Doesn't seem to qualify as a scifi/fantasy/horror/extreme genre movie... or is this site supposed to be more?

  • April 6, 2009, 8:59 p.m. CST


    by ufoclub1977

    what's the newest animation up there a reference too? Not Poltergeist 2? Not Spirited Away...

  • April 6, 2009, 9:16 p.m. CST

    ufoclub me too man! ICE PIRATES

    by MurderMostFowl

    I would love to see a remake of that.... well, then again maybe not. But I totoally though that when I real Ice castles.

  • April 6, 2009, 9:28 p.m. CST

    A Fucking ICE CASTLES Talkback?!?!?!?!?

    by Akira Cowabunga

    Man, there's GOTTA be something else out there more worthy than this fabulous piece of news. Who the fuck at AICN was given a blow job to do this? This is truly pathetic. What's next, a Beaches talkback?

  • April 6, 2009, 9:30 p.m. CST

    I wonder what a Ridley Scott

    by Juggernaut125

    remake of Blade Runner might be like.

  • April 6, 2009, 9:34 p.m. CST

    God wants to remake world

    by dioxholster

    cant say no to that?

  • April 6, 2009, 9:49 p.m. CST

    Why would anyone want a Rene Belloq figure?

    by Nasty In The Pasty

    I can understand Indy or Sallah or even Marion, but Rene?

  • April 6, 2009, 9:56 p.m. CST

    Zu Warriors/Legend of Zu/Zu whatever was another

    by Larry Sellers

    film whose original director remade it. I only mention that because that's what I thought of when I read the headline but I agree WTF Ice Castles??? Maybe there is no innovation left. Everything's an adaptation or remake. If it's not either of those it's a combination or a reimagining/reboot/overdue sequel. How exactly do we "know" that there are more original ideas being shot down in favor of this bullshit?

  • April 6, 2009, 10:15 p.m. CST

    somebody mentioned ICE PRINCESS!!!

    by FamousEccles

    I love ICE PRINCESS!!! By Grabthar's hammer, by the sons of Worvan, and Holy Shit, what I would't give to be inside Michelle Trachtenberg!!!

  • April 6, 2009, 10:27 p.m. CST

    Um, hello? Desperado > El Mariachi

    by AdrianVeidt

    That is one instance in which the big Hollywood budget made the film better, funnier, and let it find its way into my heart.

  • April 6, 2009, 10:40 p.m. CST

    I thought this was going to be about Child's Play

    by two fathoms deep

    In the case of Don Mancini redoing Child's Play and making it darker and scarier, I'm totally down. While people may have enjoyed Bride and Seed of Chucky, nothing is better than when he's really scary. That I'm looking forward to.

  • April 6, 2009, 10:48 p.m. CST

    2 Words

    by Baddog70

    Pink Panther.....what a blockbuster remake....the one for all the suits to stand up and take notice...of blah blah blah tired of remakes unless it is Star Wars eps 6 sans ewoks

  • April 6, 2009, 10:54 p.m. CST

    Colour of Night lol

    by The Amazing G

    don't you see Willis' Willis in that movie?

  • April 6, 2009, 11:38 p.m. CST

    Re: Willis' willis

    by iambrucewillis

    Hell yeah, the Bruno comes out to play in Colour of Night!

  • April 7, 2009, 12:02 a.m. CST

    Leo McCarey did it...

    by Unknown Canadian

    ...with An Affair to Remember in 1957. It was a remake of Love Affair which he did in 1939. As to why he re-made it, McCarey said: "A lot of young people couldn't have seen the first version, so I felt I should tell the story again-for them." ...seems like sound reasoning to me.

  • April 7, 2009, 12:21 a.m. CST

    What if

    by ApneicMonkey

    George Lucas remade the original Star Wars trilogy now? Would everyone still be ok with that?

  • April 7, 2009, 12:27 a.m. CST


    by BurnHollywood

    It's winter in the Reich, and then means only one thing...more Gestapo ninja bitches back-flipping with machine guns, more hordes of heavily armed SS Death's Head fanatics, more indestructible medical-experiment-spawned mutants.<p> And Robby Benson. And love.

  • April 7, 2009, 12:40 a.m. CST

    no, it's not okay

    by Duke of Hurl

    so sick of this shit... Funny Games, The Grudge... it's getting tiresome.

  • April 7, 2009, 1:05 a.m. CST

    Funny Games.

    by iambrucewillis

    On the subject of Funny Games, that movie shouldn't even have been made once. Its a priggish, pretentious, finger-wagging sermon about how bad and nasty and idiotic we all are are for enjoying on-screen violence. Cache is great, but Funny Games is just moronic, condesending, and self-important.

  • April 7, 2009, 1:10 a.m. CST

    Barack O'Obama believes in change so much...

    by iambrucewillis

    that every second day, he morphs into a state of deep suspicion and distrust with regard to change, and them BANG changes back into believing in change again.

  • April 7, 2009, 1:39 a.m. CST

    I wanna see The Passion Of The Christ

    by Dr Gregory House

    on an IMAX screen, in 3-D. I REALLY wanna FEEL the BURN!

  • April 7, 2009, 1:52 a.m. CST

    no, ApneicMonkey, it's not okay

    by Duke of Hurl

  • April 7, 2009, 2:49 a.m. CST

    No - Funny Games is a waste o' time

    by JackRabbitSlim

    Never seen original. Remake is boring, pretentious twaddle from another filmmaker who is convinced that having characters speak directly into camera equates to you being part of the action. Hey shitheads, if your name isnt William Fucking Shakespeare, it doesn't. It doesn't work when porn actress looks directly into camera, and it doesn't work when metrosexual serial killer addresses the audience. Killing a dog on camera would be shocking ... if I hadn't seen Godfather 30 years prior. The clumsy "oops I knocked cellphone into water" was about as hamfisted a plot device as I've seen outside of a Kevin Smith movie. Having killed off camera isn't disturbing - its a copout. Having the baddies win out = been done before and better. Hard to believe the abyssal depths to which the once promising career of one Tim Roth has slipped into. Disturbing = Salo. Trite and Stooopid = Funny Games.

  • April 7, 2009, 3 a.m. CST

    Bourne Identity and Munich - remakes better than originals

    by JackRabbitSlim

    Doug Liman's "Bourne Identity" was a remake of a godawful 1986 (or so) tv movie "The Bourne Identity" featuring Richard "No, please, call me Dick" Chamberlain. <p> Munich was a remake of a crappy 1984 tv movie "The Sword of Gideon" featuring Stephen Bauer ( aka Manolo, Tony Montana's right hand man and sister-fucker) in the lead.

  • April 7, 2009, 3:26 a.m. CST

    shit films - vanishing, nightwatch and funny games

    by zapano

    so the answer is no, it's actually worse if the original director does the remake as well. especially if the director is foreign and makes an english language remake.

  • April 7, 2009, 3:58 a.m. CST


    by spud mcspud

    Here it is:<P> <P> I fucking KNEW it! And Lucas, if you even fucking THINK of entertaining this, the Spud is comin' for ya. I mean it. I'll get off my couch and everything.

  • April 7, 2009, 4 a.m. CST

    JackRabbitSlim - Salo

    by spud mcspud

    Aw HEEEELL naw. I've heard about that SALO. I'm convinced that once I watch that, there's no going back. Apparently, that shit is berserk.<P> I also hear MARTYRS is good. Must catch that soon, too.

  • April 7, 2009, 5:25 a.m. CST

    A remake is ok if it's done with marionettes.

    by F-18

    otherwise, no.

  • April 7, 2009, 5:25 a.m. CST

    I'm not defending Salo or suggesting anyone watch it

    by JackRabbitSlim

    Simply that it does a better job of A) defining what is truly abhorrent in film and B) does a far better job striving for the literally impossible - placing the viewer amidst the atrocities going on. <p> Amazes me when I read the opinion on Funny Games US as "the most disturbing movie ever". Please - turn off your 6-Pixar-movies-in-rotation player, get out of the art-house-ghetto that made you think there was a chance in hell that Naomi Watts was going to escape and watch more movies.

  • April 7, 2009, 8:18 a.m. CST

    Mr Spork

    by spud mcspud

    Does Zac Efron count as a marionette? Because then the Disney FOOTLOOSE might get a free pass!<P> Actually, no. NO IT WON'T. EVER!<P> PS - If you ever write your autobiography, call it I AM NOT SPORK. Pleeeeeeeeease!

  • April 7, 2009, 10:47 a.m. CST

    remakes are okay

    by HoichiTheEarless

    When no one remembers the original.

  • April 7, 2009, 11:04 a.m. CST

    Speaking of Disturbing Films

    by Stabby

    Has anyone seen La Grande Bouffe? I haven't seen it, but it's supposed to be "shocking" and it's available on Netflix. Just wondering if it's worth watching?

  • April 7, 2009, 1:24 p.m. CST

    Mr. Spork- talking about Faust, right?

    by seppukudkurosawa

  • April 7, 2009, 1:48 p.m. CST

    What if they remade...

    by ufoclub1977

    Jaws? 2001? Superman... oh shit they kind of tried... and it didn't work...

  • April 7, 2009, 2:28 p.m. CST

    yes and no

    by geekcj

    yes if it wasnt a hit in the past and no if it was

  • April 7, 2009, 2:49 p.m. CST

    70's Music is EERIE

    by PTSDPete

    With songs like that playing in the backdrop, you'd think the guy would cut her fucking eyeballs off with her skates !</p>God, I love this era.</p>

  • April 7, 2009, 2:57 p.m. CST

    That being said :

    by PTSDPete

    Ice Castles WHAT THE FUCK ? The girl is skating blind and nothing fucking happens !

  • April 7, 2009, 2:58 p.m. CST

    Who would want to see this shit ?

    by PTSDPete

    If it ain't tweener twaddle, it's mid-level abortion. Easy.

  • April 7, 2009, 3 p.m. CST

    They need to remake Ice Pirates!

    by Stabby

    and Megaforce!

  • April 8, 2009, 12:12 p.m. CST

    I'd settle for a limited re-release of Ice Pirates

    by finky089

    I used to love that crappy old film. Bruce Villanch, and all.

  • April 8, 2009, 5:20 p.m. CST

    This Thread Is Officially Declared ' Over '

    by PTSDPete