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When There Is No More Room In Hell, James Gunn Will Write A Remake of DAWN OF THE DEAD!!!

Harry here, I was in a really good mood coming in tonight. I had just returned from RUSH HOUR 2, a movie that is just sheer entertainment, sheer charisma and some very smart cultural fun-making. On top of that, this is the first time I've left the house since the back injury, where I didn't fall, didn't hurt myself. I came to my computer all set to just write happiness before going to sleep tonight, when suddenly Moriarty IMs me with:

"Did you hear that James (fucked up SCOOBY DOO) Gunn is writing a remake of DAWN OF THE DEAD?"

Suddenly I felt the stake drive its way into my fat-wrapped heart.

DAWN OF THE DEAD is in my top ten favorite films of all time. This is an absolute perfect horror film. Tone, delivery, pacing, effects, casting, performances, scope of the tale. Everything. It's a masterpiece of horror, if not the greatest horror film of all time.

Now Beacon Entertainment... the company behind BRING IT ON, THE FAMILY MAN, DISTURBING BEHAVIOR, THE HURRICANE and THIRTEEN DAYS... Mainstream slick filmmakers. Glossy clean, fresh face sexy leads. Bland mannequin performances. Hell, THIRTEEN DAYS worked, THE HURRICANE was savable only for DENZEL and the rest... Then there's END OF DAYS... I enjoyed it as a fun brainless action horror flick, but it was too slick, too blanded down. Hell, the company fucking abandoned their director on DISTURBING BEHAVIOR, basically allowing the NRG to re-edit their film. Oh, and their biggest financial success was a cheerleader exploitation flick with no balls - or tits, for that matter.

This fresh, nice and pretty company is going to mount a remake of important and poignant modern satire? What, say you, do we consider PG-13? Hey, why the hell not? Oh I know, let's cast known actors in their early twenties. OH NO, I know, we got James "I ass raped Scooby Doo and didn't even give him a Scooby Snack" Gunn... oh wait!!! I know, let's bring Scoobs and the gang to the mall, Scooby Doo has battled Zombies!!!

James Gunn, who stunned the world with THE SPECIALS, the superhero parody that actually made MYSTERY MEN look like a success. The author of a SPY VS. SPY script that I couldn't get 20 pages into because it played out like a bad MAD TV skit on rewind. Then there was SCOOBY DOO... where James Gunn showed the entire breadth of his intelligence. Where he managed to miss every single point and nuance of 2 dimensional cartoon characters. How is he going to approach 3-dimensional developed human beings when he's never even attempted that sort of work before? I'll tell ya what, I bet ya he's got a cute take on it.

Do you see the pattern in James Gunn's career?

He takes the work of others and through an addled mind, he manages to belittle, poorly parody, overly schtick it up and completely miss the point of the original source material.

OK, now I've talked with just about every major Horror Filmmaker that is working in film these days. I'm pretty good friends with some of them. We talk for hours about the state of Horror. There are very few films that Horror Filmmakers aspire to perhaps be held next to. THE EXORCIST, TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE, ROSEMARY'S BABY, James Whale's BRIDE OF FRANKENSTEIN, DAWN OF THE DEAD, JOHN CARPENTER'S THE THING, HALLOWEEN, CURSE OF THE DEMON, and that's about it. These are the perfection of the genre.

These filmmakers have never once mentioned the thought of remaking any of Romero's holy trilogy. Watching DAWN OF THE DEAD doesn't make you want to remake it, it makes you want to make a Zombie movie. Your take on a Zombie story. How you would go about doing it. What didn't Romero touch on? How do we use Zombies in terms of metaphors today? Well, obviously they run Beacon Communications and wrote SCOOBY DOO, and that's a real horror story.

Now what is particularly offensive about this announced abortion, is that right now George Romero is actually working on the 4th chapter of his Zombie series. These 'money people' and literally one of the worst screenwriters to actually get his work produced are mounting a high profile remake of Romero's classic... and they'll probably beat him into theaters with a PG-13 or soft R piece of crap self-referential self-aware load of popshit. Then when Romero has his next installment in theaters... SOME people will associate the 'of the dead' series with their load of crap.

BEACON? You liked DAWN OF THE DEAD did you? Why hire a bargain basement hack... WHY DON'T YOU DO SOMETHING ORIGINAL? Why don't you contact George Romero, the man that made that perfect horror film, and fully finance the 4th installment of the series. Why not help the filmmaker that made that work of genius finish the series right?

James Gunn... beware of Karma? Pissing on the work of MAD MAGAZINE, WILLIAM CASTLE, HANNA BARBARA and GEORGE ROMERO? Hell might be filling up, but I'm sure there's room for you!

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  • Aug. 3, 2001, 1:43 a.m. CST

    1st! HAHA..

    by Rated-R

    Zombies are cool.

  • Aug. 3, 2001, 1:46 a.m. CST

    Just re-release the original!

    by Anti-fanboy

  • Aug. 3, 2001, 1:51 a.m. CST

    I have never killed anyone.

    by FieldmanNo.1

    But if this film gets made I will commit murder. George Romero has made one of the greatest horror movies of all time. Certainly my favourite. Someone give him money for a 4th PLEASE!

  • Aug. 3, 2001, 1:54 a.m. CST

    Looked at the calender...and NO IT'S NOT APRIL FOOLS DAY?


    Please tell me that this is some sort of cruel joke! There is nothing about this that makes sense. The idea of remaking this movie in any way is staggering - what are you gonna do - take away the sublime 70's feel of the movie and totally lose any of the satrical messages that Romero was trying to make? And Gunn? Who the hell did he blow in this town? As a very struggling horror filmaker it amazes me who these people get opportunites most of us would kill for. To make it worse, what they are paid, not unsubstantial sums by the way, to do - THEY CAN'T DO AT ALL! This suckass can't write at all, and I gotta agree that if this company Beacon wants to do this type of movie - then just hire THE MAN who redefined the whole damn zombie genre. I read his Resident Evil script - and while not grownd breaking - it's sure as hell gotta be better than Paul Anderson's "amazing" interpretation/transformation of the game into an Alice in Wonderland interpretation.

  • Aug. 3, 2001, 1:56 a.m. CST

    fucked up?

    by Pozzi

    I'm sorry kids but this getting on my tits. It seems that if someone posts a bad review of a script or a preview on this site it is taken as gospel. Now looking at the talkback arguements that go on we all know we have different tastes. So Harry didn't like Scooby Doo but unless I read ten bad reviews of the film from different sources I'll probably see it as one of next seasons biggie. But can we not judge the DoD remake by who is scribbling out the script give the guy a second chance he may be more comfortable with zombies and shopping malls than talking dogs and rubber suited villains. He may be even worse. Which is why remaking classics is a bad idea. But can we just stop assuming because one bad review of a film that hasn't even been seen by the general public has been posted, that everything associated with it should therefore be tarnished.

  • Aug. 3, 2001, 2:09 a.m. CST

    Has anyone seen The Specials?

    by Cruel Shoes

    I haven't seen The Specials because it didn't get released in theatres (and why do I know James Gunn's name again?), but it looks like another (yawn) clever movie that makes (yawn) fun of superheroes. Gosh, aren't superheroes so stupid and aren't they deserving of our ridicule because they look and act differently than everyone else? That's what is usually boild down to. I really dig when the superhero genre is treated with respect since there's so few superhero movies to go around. And I think filmmakers that take the "what a bunch of stupid guys" approach are simpletons.

  • Aug. 3, 2001, 2:14 a.m. CST

    Thanks Hollywood

    by Rant_Man

    You obviously care. It seems the only power we the consumer have is to boycott...and look what it did to Pearl Harbor...yeah it took a week or two, but I think it worked. This post is more for the Texas Chainsaw Remake posters: Originality is not what matters to hollywood(obviously), it's the money. If it sells, and the less intelligent consumers pay to see it, then they'll pump out more shit than fucking septic tank guys. Just look at all the straight-to-video shit they put out. If that shit can get funded, I tend to hope that those of us with an grand idea, or excellent script have a chance. All we can do is try I guess...get in the biz and make change. Crying won't help.

  • Aug. 3, 2001, 2:29 a.m. CST

    every cloud has a silver lining

    by azrael79

    The only way that this could be good is if James Gunn plays all the zombies in the movie, then we can see him being blown up and/or hacked to pieces in several inventive ways......seriously, this is a bad idea and a waste of film-making money

  • Aug. 3, 2001, 2:44 a.m. CST


    by Timmy-UK

    If Tom (Top Johnny Beefburger) Savini can fuck up remaking Romero, what makes James (the hack Gunn) think he stands a chance of doing it right. START A PROTEST give Romero the money lets see part 4! Can we get the email address of this production company and bombard them with mail? We Should! P.S. I live in England, if thats not enough to get you guys to pity me, 'Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back' doesn't hit UK cinemas until December. (1,2,3 Poor bastard)

  • Aug. 3, 2001, 2:45 a.m. CST


    by MCVamp

    Hollywood. Gotta love it. Fuck the movies about corpses, the studios dig up enough on their own. Oh, and Harry, I don't know if maybe you just consider it science fiction, but I'd add the original ALIEN to your short list of classic horror flicks myself. Scary as fuck, especially when the whole world hadn't been saturated and desensitized by a hundred different takes on Giger's alien design. I'd already seen it ten times, but last time that I watched it a few months back, I actually thought about turning on the lights (it was 3 am.) No other film has ever, EVER made me do that.

  • Aug. 3, 2001, 2:48 a.m. CST

    Holy Godless ass-rapeing dolphins from outer space sent here to

    by Neosamurai85

    I guess all the externalists must be right. I mean Why!? NOO!!!!!! I hope Gunn takes a walk outside and is gang-____ everything you can think of to put after gang! This man is my new Ron Purlmen or how ever the fuck you say his name. I mean what the fuck is wrong with this guy? YOU JUST DON

  • Aug. 3, 2001, 2:52 a.m. CST

    Harry is being pretty HARSH....

    by cookiepuss

    ....but, he's exactly RIGHT. I haven't read the "Scooby Doo" script, but I trust Harry's opinion on this when he lists his favorite horror films above and, he's right: you don't touch them. What could you possibly ADD to "Dawn of the Dead?" A better, more thought-provoking script? Hardly - especially from the guy behind "The Specials." Better special effects? I don't think so - I hardly believe that any CGI bullsh*t is going to top that first zombie biting into his girlfriend's shoulderblade and the....yikes....taking that chunk out of her arm; (twenty years later, it still hurts when I watch it.) Better actors? A bigger mall? Nope - this is a bad idea all around. I agree with Harry: let's make the NEXT installment of this successful series, not try to remake something that CAN'T be made better. And, I feel the same way about "Planet of the Apes." Why, why, why remake - or "reimagine" - something that is PERFECT? I would much rather see the genius of Tim Burton and Rick Baker spent on something NEW, rather than a failed attempt to remake the original. What did POTA really add? Better script? Better actors? Better location? Better direction? Better production design? No on ALL of those counts. Sure, Rick's makeup skills are extraordinary....but, did it add up to ANY characters that were as memorable as Doctor Zaius or that you cared about as much as Roddy Mcdowall? And, for me, a lot of the makeups didn't even look like APES - Helena Bonham Carter sure looked cool, but Kim Hunter looked MORE like an ape in John Chamber's makeup in 1968. If all the makeup was as extraordinary as Glenn Shadix's senator charactor AND all the acting was up to Paul Giamatti AND you had a brilliant re-imagined script by, say, Charlie Kaufman....then maybe it MIGHT be worth it. But, it would still be better to spend that effort on something new. Instead we get Marky Mark instead of Charlton Heston, gimmicky in-joke writing referring constantly to the 1968 film instead of a fresh script, good actors wasted in one-note performances (Tim Roth), and laughable moments like the pet chimp saving the day and the incredibly awkward ending; (which I HOPE was supposed to be funny.) Now, imagine all of this was achieved with GREAT talent that have done INCREDIBLE work in the past and you see why a "Dawn of the Dead" remake is DOOMED. At least 20th Century Fox put their crown jewel in the hands of a mad genius like Tim Burton....not the f*cking screenwriter of "Scooby Doo." Disgraceful and a total lack of respect for the material, if you ask me.

  • Aug. 3, 2001, 2:56 a.m. CST

    Come again?

    by Ken Luxury-yacht

    Here we go again. Yesterday it was TCM, now Dawn of the Dead... it's enough to make you want to weep, it truly is. Can anyone see the logic behind this, thought not. Now I may sound like I'm going to contradict myself a bit here, but what the hell. I liked the 'Night...' remake and to a point it was justified. It allowed it to be made in colour (which they couldn't originally do due to lack of funds) and it meant that the original money men got to make some money, as they got royally screwed over the first time around. I can even see the point in remaking 'Day...' if they were to work from the original script for it and thereby make the film that George wanted to make before most of the money disappeared. But why remake 'Dawn...' Surely, with so many different cuts of the film out there, putting a bit of money in to releasing the definitive cut (with all the extra scenes from Argento's Zombi cut and all the gore) would make more sense. Or to echo Harry... GIVE GEORGE THE FREAKIN' MONEY TO MAKE PART FOUR! Blimey, this makes three rants on this site in two days... looks like I picked the wrong week to give up smoking!!!

  • Aug. 3, 2001, 2:58 a.m. CST


    by TheMadHatter

    Why Why Why? Lets get some new zombie movies rolling and leave the classic ones alone! Someone cut off Gunn's arms and tongue before he works again!!! Gang, let's all break out our Living Dead DVDs, get lost in the wonderfully done stories, and forget we ever saw this horrible excuse for an idea. (By the way, you can pre-order Return of the Living Dead 3, which is coming to DVD in about a month).

  • Aug. 3, 2001, 2:59 a.m. CST

    RE: Pozzi

    by Neosamurai85

    Give him a second chance? Sure. Ok. Just not with one of the greatest horror films of all time on line! I mean this is a suicidal risk not just some well if he fails then we lose some cash and time. Oh no! This is DAWN OF THE DEAD! Have you seen it? I

  • Aug. 3, 2001, 3:20 a.m. CST

    hey, hey, hey

    by Pozzi

    I didn't say anything about being up for a DoD remake. Quite the opposite, in fact. Just venting my frustrations at the trend that everything that is stated as opinion by Harry is taken as gospel by many talkbacker. Now, as for critiscising people who make pieces of shit have you ever thought about the tons of great writers and directors who didn't have stunning reviews. James Cameron made the awful Piranah sequel. Coppola's Finian's Rainbow. Curtis hanson had two decades of recycled crap before LA confidential and Wonderboys. Even everyone's golden boy QT wrote nonsense for Rutgeur Hauer (who whored is ability after Bladeruner and The hiker). James Gunn, no idea if he deserves a chance. No idea how bad he's been before. No idea, how many people realise classics like Wizard of Oz, or Ben Hur are superior remakes. I'd prefer for a re-release or 4th Dead film than a remake. I'd prefer greats like Coppola and Romero got to make the films they wanted. But I'd also prefer that talkbacker found their opinion on their own opinions and not those on the taste of one person who are they are as equally as free to dismiss from one day to the next.

  • Aug. 3, 2001, 3:23 a.m. CST

    and as you for you

    by Pozzi

    Dawn of the Dead continues the morning after the original. We follow at TV news copter with two swat guys and two interns as they fly over the zombie carnage landing in a mall. They set up camp there, go shopping avoiding the zombies in a shopping trolley chase until Hell's angels turn and act just as mindless as the zombies who are rembering something from their past lives. Don't cast your projections on me anus wart as I don't even care what films you have seen.

  • Aug. 3, 2001, 3:37 a.m. CST

    too early

    by azrael79

    shit, and I thought it was too damn early for the bitching to start.........I'd have thought that if anything could unite the talkbackers, it was news of a dumbass idea involving a remake of a masterpiece of american cinema, that'll teach me to assume stuff

  • Aug. 3, 2001, 3:41 a.m. CST

    it would be a boring conversation if...

    by Pozzi

    i think this sounds bad

  • Aug. 3, 2001, 3:42 a.m. CST

    it would be a boring conversation if... pt2

    by Pozzi

    i agree

  • Aug. 3, 2001, 3:42 a.m. CST

    it would be a boring conversation if... pt2

    by Pozzi

    me too

  • Aug. 3, 2001, 3:42 a.m. CST

    it would be a boring conversation if... pt4

    by Pozzi


  • Aug. 3, 2001, 3:43 a.m. CST

    it would be a boring conversation if... pt5

    by Pozzi

    i'm sure you've seen every movie ever and we agree completely so why I won't bother forming my own opinion

  • Aug. 3, 2001, 3:54 a.m. CST

    sorry, azreal

    by Pozzi

    but unfortunatley most of us here have little better to do in our lunch breaks than comment on the rabid unbalanced opinion of others. I'd love to see something original but it's not going to happen. I'd love to see romero make a great movie but the last one I remember was the dark half it flopped, so no one is going to throw money at him. I'd love to see someone like tim burton orhow's about john woo, or even spike lee ( hell, why not alfred hitchcock he's got a proven track record and he knows what it feels like to be dead... oooh there the flaw in that plan) but they probably have btter more well paid project up their sleeves. So if someone with a mediocre track record(but I bet you scooby makes a ton at the Box office making Gunn bankable) is attempting to boost his CV by jumping all over Dawn of the Dead's grave then ok. it's only a movie (regrettably a damn good one). the original will always be there but maybe, this will give Gunn (whoever the fuck he is?) a chance to prove he's worth the sperm his daddy wasted. i'll wait until I have some experience on his work before instantly assuming he's a shit coz Harry said so. Bringing me full circle to the point of my original post.

  • Aug. 3, 2001, 3:54 a.m. CST


    by azrael79

    dont u just hate it when this happens?

  • Aug. 3, 2001, 3:57 a.m. CST


    by Pozzi

    it's really annoying. who do people think should make a zombie pic? i'd like to see an ang lee one.

  • Aug. 3, 2001, 4:02 a.m. CST

    directors for a zombie flick

    by azrael79

    i think i'd like to see a john carpenter zombie movie, i really liked vampires so i reckon he could do a good job with it, wes craven would also probably do a good one but thats not exactly a stretch for him, i would love to see a david lynch zombie flick most of all, that would be just so out there, he'd probably do it from the zombies point of view, actually tim burton would be better for that, he could probably make the undead into sympathetic characters like he did with ed scissorhands, i cant think of anyone else at the moment

  • Aug. 3, 2001, 4:08 a.m. CST

    all good recco's

    by Pozzi

    Lynch passed my mind, as did all the others. Reason i suggested was that in mmany ways to original dead films were mirrors of their time and place and lee does that really well. also romero's zombie flicks were less reliant on actual action more character driven, so imagine what lee could do with that. eat mam drink women perhaps.

  • Aug. 3, 2001, 4:28 a.m. CST

    Which do you think is better, Evil Dead 2 or Braindead (aka Dead

    by Lance Rock

  • Aug. 3, 2001, 4:39 a.m. CST

    re: braindead vs. evil dead 2

    by emu47

    Gotta go with Braindead there, for the baby-in-the-park scene and the dinner scene that ends in... well, is it necrophelia if they're both dead?

  • Aug. 3, 2001, 4:45 a.m. CST

    funniest thing in the world ever

    by reni

    Look, whatever's going on in Hollywood at the moment, someone please fund Romero's fourth installment. Getting the guy who wrote Scooby Doo is hilarious. I know some of you are stupid but you achieved new lows with this chaps...

  • Aug. 3, 2001, 5:13 a.m. CST

    Horror flixxx

    by MennoD

    DoD one of the best horror? Yup... Can't forget the wacked-out Dario Argento tho!! Cripes, stunning cinematography, wicked casting, great music... scarier than Hell!! Lucio Fulci ("Zombie") is another one... I just don't know how those Italians do it... Waitin' for more tho...

  • Aug. 3, 2001, 5:16 a.m. CST

    Do you mean to tell me...

    by L.B. Jefferies

    that there's a writer in Hollywood that is worse than Akiva Goldsman?! Say it ain't so.

  • Aug. 3, 2001, 5:24 a.m. CST

    stupid dawn of the dead remake motherfucker.

    by sonofduffman

    i dont know gunn but he sounds like an a typical asshole to me. why cant these unoriginal piss poor fuckups rub their brain cells together to come up with an honest to god new idea rather than tampering with genius. can we send in money to hire a psychopathic gay guy to forcibly ass rape james gunn? ill even give my credit card details...

  • Aug. 3, 2001, 5:32 a.m. CST

    In Answer To The Above Question, THE SPECIALS Is Unwatchable

    by mrbeaks

    And James Gunn is proof that you, too, can make it in Hollywood. Hey, I'm looking for *something* positive to say here! In other news, I hope James Gunn contracts leprosy.

  • Aug. 3, 2001, 5:38 a.m. CST

    This sounds like the supposed SUSPIRIA remake a few years back.


    ...and if it were and Romero was not attached, I will muster all my strength to boycott this film on every level. If there is a shred of truth to this ludicrous concept, whatever assholes who would attempt such an idiotic venture will awaken a sleeping giant of fanboy audience revolt. And if there IS a shred of truth to this bullshit, WHO THE FUCK LICENSED THE RIGHTS TO THEM? Does Aarron Spelling actually have the rights after he took over Laurel? Or has Rubinstein gone out of his freakin' mind? This is sickening.

  • Aug. 3, 2001, 6:04 a.m. CST

    This is absolutely mind-blowing

    by Homer Jay

    Its as if Hollywood is actually trying to think up the most ludicrous movie-making scenario possible. "Let's take the writer of a comedic script that has generated some of the worst buzz in history, and have him remake a beloved horror classics." I gave Gus VanSant the benefit of the doubt before seeing PSYCHO simply because he is a good filmmaker. There's no way Gunn will get this special consideration from anyone. Lets just hope SCOOBY is a collosal bomb and the DAWN remake won't happen. We could "look forward" to a cast consisting of LL Cool J as Peter, Scott Caan as Roger, Sarah Michelle Gellar as Fran, and Freddie Prinze Jr. as Steven. GOOD LORD.

  • Aug. 3, 2001, 6:10 a.m. CST

    James Gunn HAS written two good things!

    by John Maddening

    First of all, "The Specials" was good. Mix it together with "Mystery Men" and they would have been one great movie. Also, he wrote a book called "The Toy Collector" which was just fabulous.

  • Aug. 3, 2001, 6:12 a.m. CST

    I just watched dawn of the dead last night...

    by asder

    Remaking this film may be good cause a) it would obviously not stand up to the original... b) this would cause the original to be watched by a generation of new kids... c) These kids will see the power of Romero and argento at work! BWAHAHHAHa now on the other side of the coin... let me say this: Re-release this film in the theatres, perform a digital Bath of the film (clean it up...especially the beautiful music by Argento and the Goblins) and build up hype for a Zombie franchise....DO IT NOW! before the Resident Evil flick comes out...then give Romero OODLES of cash to make THE best zombie movie ever (Twilight OF THE LIVING DEAD?)...damn...I need a job producing movies...

  • Aug. 3, 2001, 6:13 a.m. CST

    If this happens....

    by manchap

    Two words..... Killing Spree.

  • Aug. 3, 2001, 6:18 a.m. CST

    What Are They Smoking?

    by Special_Ed

    If they're still high from whatever they're smoking, I've got an idea for a script they might be interested in. While they're at it, they can make me a high level suit at Beacon too, so I'll make sure things like this won't happen. IMO Gun should retire to write for the porno industry where he belongs.

  • Aug. 3, 2001, 6:35 a.m. CST

    Out of Line

    by chud

    First of all, 'The Specials' was a blast. Second of all, it's IMPOSSIBLE to make a good film out of the 'Scooby Doo' material. It just doesn't warrant a feature film. Hell, it doesn't want an audio tape. While I think there's no need to remake 'Dawn', I also KNOW that you have to give people the benefit of the doubt sometimes. Harry obviously has a strong opinion on the matter and that's why he has a website. Form your own opinions, would you. Gunn's not the AntiChrist who needs to be hung, drawn and quartered and made an example of. He's actually a damn good writer (The Toy Collector) and a really cool guy to boot. Don't judge until you have all the facts and if he turns in a shitty product, then fire your poisoned barbs.

  • Aug. 3, 2001, 6:43 a.m. CST


    by WFCall

    As in jumping to them. Good God! Settle down....all of you! This will NEVER GET MADE, and I think Knowles knows this. He just wants something to rant and rave about. Have you ever noticed his need to write what he thinks are witty putdowns of the work of others. Harry, put your money where your mouth is and write a script that gets PRODUCED. It'll never happen for these reasons: lack of talent, ambition, name it. And not to mention you'll never be able to sleep your way to the top. Ho hum....I will wait patiently for a 4th zombie flick, watch it, be disappointed in it, and wish that a filmmaker of real talent and depth would take a crack at the genre. Wishful thinking: how about a zombie movie written and directed by Fincher. Or the Wachowskis. Or Ridley Scott. Or Tim Burton. Oh well, I can always dream.

  • Aug. 3, 2001, 6:55 a.m. CST

    Where Gunn got his start

    by Shunes

    This may give some insight to just how terrible Mr. James Gunn's writing really is. James Gunn started out his writing career at.....Troma. I used to work for Troma here in NYC and he was pretty much all that was talked about for a short while. He wrote or co-wrote Tromeo and Juliet with Lloyd Kauffman. Now, I am a huge Troma fan but recently the quality of thier movies has been going down hill and even though Tromeo and Juliet was a great flick I think you can now get an Idea of the mind of James Gunn. He also helped write Lloyds book and appeares in Toxie 4. Oh, he is also an egotistical asshole by the way.

  • Aug. 3, 2001, 7:13 a.m. CST

    James Gunn is a VERY funny and talented writer

    by Blok Narpin

    I haven't read his Scooby script BUT I hate the cartoon so In my mind anything would be better. ANYONE who has seen The Specials or read The Toy COllector knows that James Gunn is a VERY talented and funny writer. The SPecials is laugh-till-it-hurts funny. If you haven't seen it, RENT IT, and the Toy Collector is also a funny and clever book. I HATE remakes. If something was done right the first time WHY do it a second time?? That's why I love Tim Burton's Planet of the Apes. Thankfully he DIDN'T remake it. He reimagined it. (I thank God that James Cameron was removed from THAT project!!). Given my distaste for remakes I have to say Gunn's Dawn of the Dead will probobly be really cool but still shouldn't be done. Remakes suck. Now I haven't read the Scooby Script, and if he messed thjat up thats a shame but geeze, don't crucify the man. He's very talented.

  • Aug. 3, 2001, 7:34 a.m. CST

    Chill Out

    by liquorhead

    Hey, I'm a fan of zombie movies, and any zombie movie would be welcome! I remember hearing the same sort of crap about Return of The Living Dead (how dare they try to fight against Day of the Dead and rape "The Dead" legacy). Worked out OK with me. -Robert Berry

  • Man, the red-headed stepchild really went on a tirade today, didn't he? Maybe Gunn is not great, and maybe I loved Dawn of the Dead, but if Harry could do a better job, I suggest he grab pen in hand and start writing his own competitive script, if only to prove that he can do better. Anyway, what I really wanted to say was, I believe harry is forgetting some key influencial horror films such as Alien (not just a sci-fi film), The Compnay of Wolves (severely underated Neil Jordan Psychological Horror masterwork), and Scream (the original, before the trilogy got f-upped) just to name a few.

  • Aug. 3, 2001, 8:28 a.m. CST

    How's That?

    by reni

    1.Halloween 2. The Thing 3. Zombie Flesheaters 4. An American Werewolf In London 5. Texas Chainsaw Massacre 6. The Beyond 7. A Nightmare on Elm Street 8. Black Christmas 9. Dawn of the Dead 10. Suspiria - that's my pick of the Pops. Anyone see Possession with Sam Neill? Is that worth a purchase?

  • Aug. 3, 2001, 8:29 a.m. CST

    Oh, JameS GUNN! I Thought You Said Jame Gumm & I Got Excited.

    by Buzz Maverik

    I'd love to read a DAWN O' THE DEAD script by Buffalo Bill. Sample dialogue: "Is she a great big fat zombie?"

  • Aug. 3, 2001, 8:38 a.m. CST

    The Specials bad? Harry=Mean

    by Vonfolger

    The specials was indeed a hysterical film. Sometimes I wonder why Harry can be so brutal toward writers and directors, it's as if he has a personal vendetta. I also have not read the Scooby script, but will probably wind up in the theatre to see it eventually. Being a huge Gellar fan I'd be mad at myself otherwise. On the Subject of Dawn of The Dead, it is also on my top 10 horror films of all time list somewhere between Return of the Living Dead and Dusk till Dawn. Please everyone, don't judge the Specials on what Harry alone has written, it's a fun Superhero Satire that the smartly writtin and flows quite well. Granted the Dance Sequence is agnony to watch, but the rest is great.

  • Aug. 3, 2001, 8:52 a.m. CST

    confirmation of Night of the Living Dead 4

    by heydere2

    Through an inside source, as per the DGA listing from approx 2 weeks ago, George Romero's Night of the Living Dead 4 is in devlepoment. Location to by shot is still TBA....Approx start date is still TBA....

  • Aug. 3, 2001, 9:04 a.m. CST

    _The Crazies_, Maybe...

    by timothycarey

    ...I mean, what, exactly, is the hook for remaking _Dawn_? Katie Holmes as "Flygirl"? Freddie Prinze Jr. as the gun zombie? Make heads explode even more convincingly? Do _Dawn_ since _Night_ was already re-made? Is it because, like, malls, like, make zombies of us all? Wow...still an intriguing conceit, two decades later! Or is it that zombies, those ultimate model consumers, storm the G8 summits and eat the cops? Wouldn't that be a remake of _Return of the Living Dead_ for the era of globalisation ("Send more cops...and trade negotiators!")? F&*# it, why not re-make the fourth one before George makes it (which I still say is, itself, a bad, bad idea, but at least it has the potential to be original, which this, very obviously, can and does not)? And _Bruiser_, too, for good measure? Follow the logic of this re-cycle cycle of the present cultural epoch to its logical conclusion and grind everything that went before into a gruel-like paste that be slathered onto any high-concept, as long as its knowing irony removes any intelligence whatsoever from the "originals"...we can all finally become, pace Bertolucci, nostalgic for the future. Sad sad sad, and dumb dumb dumb...and for those of you who believe past accomplishments in another field automatically translates into talent for the game of filmmaking/writing, three words: Frank Miller/Robocop.

  • Aug. 3, 2001, 9:20 a.m. CST

    other horror that were not horrible

    by Pozzi

    robert wise's the haunting, psycho, don't look now, the fog, ring, ginger snaps, audition, a nightmare on elm street, twin peaks: fire walk with me, jacob's ladder, blair witch (unsettling), the shining, the darkness,

  • Aug. 3, 2001, 9:21 a.m. CST

    other horror that were not horrible

    by Pozzi

    robert wise's the haunting, psycho, don't look now, the fog, ring, ginger snaps, audition, a nightmare on elm street, twin peaks: fire walk with me, jacob's ladder, blair witch (unsettling), the shining, the darkness,

  • Aug. 3, 2001, 9:22 a.m. CST

    other horror that were not horrible

    by Pozzi

    robert wise's the haunting, psycho, don't look now, the fog, ring, ginger snaps, audition, a nightmare on elm street, twin peaks: fire walk with me, jacob's ladder, blair witch (unsettling), the shining, the darkness,

  • Aug. 3, 2001, 9:28 a.m. CST

    James Gunn/Troma

    by ejames8539

    Enough already Harry. Is Moriarty still reeling because WB didn't like his version of Scooby Doo? As for those who worked with James at Troma, I to worked for him and consider him to be extremely talented as well as a good friend. People who he didn't get along with there where people that sat on their ass and decided that work was optional. Guess what- that's why he's now a success and your complaing about him - he probably doesn't know who the hell you are. It's time to support screenwriters like James that experiment with the medium. Say what you will about the Specials - but it was certainly original (made well before Mystery Men). Tromeo & Juliet broke new ground in the gross out genre and Roman Polanski said it was the best film of the year. Let's put everything into perspective people! And Harry, stop using this as a forum for your personal vendettas.

  • Aug. 3, 2001, 9:43 a.m. CST

    How to contact Beacon Comm.

    by otis von zipper

    First of all, I'm thinking that Romero would have learned his lesson with Night and has some control over Dawn. Maybe I'm wrong, but somewhere he would have to agree on this thing for it to happen. But, if we want to be constructive and voice our reticence over this development, here's the contact info for Beacon: Armyan Bernstein is the CEO

  • Aug. 3, 2001, 9:47 a.m. CST

    "DAWN OF THE DEAD is in my top ten favorite films of all time"

    by IAmLegolas

    What exactly ARE your top ten films of all time. I can guarantee you've said this to more than 10 movies already. But anyway, this is bad news indeed. BTW according to an email I got from Anchor Bay Entertainment, they plan on revisiting DAWN OF THE DEAD on DVD to give it the proper justice it deserves! Hopefully it will be like the laserdisc special edition I used to own, but sold on eBay for big bucks when I first learned of the forthcoming DVD.

  • Aug. 3, 2001, 9:47 a.m. CST

    Dawn of the Dead should NEVER be remade...

    by WesReviews

    What most of you don't understand is that it isn't James Gunn's writing ability that has us all alarmed. It's the fact that someone out there actually thinks re-making Dawn of the Dead is a good idea. It wouldn't matter who the writer is. William Shakespeare couldn't write a re-make of Dawn of the Dead. As Harry Said, it is a perfect film. There's not a whole lot (if anything) Romero could've done to improve on the film, as he hit ever note right on target. No one should re-make it. Not Spielberg, not Cameron, not P.T. Anderson, not John Carpenter, NOBODY. I can't bash James Gunn because I've never read one of his scripts, but I do know a monumentally bad idea when I hear one, and re-making Dawn of the Dead is a monumentally bad idea. This is worse than the re-make of Psycho (and I'm the biggest Hitchcock fan you'll ever meet and yes, I'm telling you this is worse!) We must boycott, writer letters to whoever is in charge of this, write letters to Romero to see if he can help out. We must not sit back and take this crap. I didn't see the Psycho remake in theaters, and I won't see this one either, but we must do more than not show up. We have to let studios know that remaking a film such as this is just a plain bad idea. Any other ideas?

  • Aug. 3, 2001, 9:50 a.m. CST have to read ejames8539's post

    by cookiepuss

    He actually defends this guy by James Gunn's GREAT work at Troma and that a child molester claimed it as the best of the year....and it sounds like he's SERIOUS! Good one! And, we need more James Gunn's because they "experiment with the medium." Har-har! My friend, some of us have SEEN these movies and READ these scripts, so you are not fooling anybody - unless you ARE James Gunn, in which case it's the most creative thing you've ever written; (changing your name and all.) I can't believe this guy is throwing around attitude and kissing this guys's ass and going on about what a great success this guy is....are you his PA or what? Give me a break - you worked at Troma too long and it's going to your head. "The Specials" is original? Just because it was made before "Mystery Men?" The source material for MM has been around a LOT longer than that. Funny post, though - it made my day.

  • Aug. 3, 2001, 9:58 a.m. CST

    Here here!

    by PandaJoe

  • Aug. 3, 2001, 10:25 a.m. CST

    Dawn is perfect except...

    by simian

    for the green makeup..even Romero has said he was disappointed with it, but its all they could afford for that many zombies.

  • Aug. 3, 2001, 10:27 a.m. CST

    Sorry Pozzi

    by Neosamurai85

    Yeah I am. I did not get any sleep last night and what was at first ment to be a question and harmless reaction to what you said turned into a vent for my rage about DOD and TCM and all this crap plus other stuff. I don't personally give a flying F**K about what Harry says (ok maybe I do a little) but on this I'm angry all by myself. I don't like Gunn and I don't like Remakes and I love DOD! anyway I hope that fixs some stuff. God I hate all this bashing and the fact that I keep catching myself doing it. Sorry. Peace.

  • Aug. 3, 2001, 10:30 a.m. CST


    by silentbobafett

    How many films of his have you seen? There fucking amazing! Man Tromo and Juliet? Fuck me a love story to die for, kicks Baz Lurhmans ass! Joking! BUt seriously who's seen Tromas War? Fucking Great! James Gunn is a...........

  • Aug. 3, 2001, 10:31 a.m. CST

    I can`t believe no one mentioned "Phantasm" as a classic horror.

    by Elgyn6655321

    And Dootchbag`s post is friggin` hilarious.

  • Aug. 3, 2001, 10:36 a.m. CST

    I just looked over my sopposed bashing...

    by Neosamurai85

    and I'm not so sure i really did bash you. Maybe a little but not intetionally and not enough to make you go ape shit. CHILL... I'm going to try and do the same. Peace.

  • Aug. 3, 2001, 10:44 a.m. CST

    lets be fair...

    by nixon45

    i mean seriously, dissing Bring it On? C'mon, that's just uncalled for. A movie about cheerleaders, in any shape or form, should be encouraged. The world NEEDS MORE FILMS LIKE THIS. If you haven't seen it, rent it. It really was funny. In fact, if we have to remake anything, remake that movie. Show a little more skin this time. And while i respect Harry's opinion on His site, i think he threw Bring it On in there just for spite. peace y'all.

  • Aug. 3, 2001, 10:49 a.m. CST

    The perfect director for the remake?

    by Grimace

    John Waters! Now hear me out. He's one of the few people that could make this thing worth watching. He's a cultural satirist, and would never try to make the same film, but I bet it would be fun to watch. And Harry, I know you're fixated on 'Scooby Doo', and probably right about the future of the project, but calm down, man! You're going to give yourself chest pains! Quick aside; Does anybody remember that cartoon from the 80's in which a teenage guy was somehow genetically spliced with his Corvette? If his body heat rose above a certain amount, he would turn into his car, and would revert back to a human if it was lowered? Pure Genius!

  • Aug. 3, 2001, 11:06 a.m. CST

    everything sucks

    by garthim227

    wow...i suddenly feel sick. first they add booberry to the count chocula series,and now this! i hope romero happens upon a sack full of dough in the near future. the 4th needs to be made.

  • Aug. 3, 2001, 11:16 a.m. CST

    Bad news folks -- Variety has confirmed this story.

    by Elgyn6655321

    Apparently, Rubenstien (producer of original "Dawn") sold the rights for a remake.

  • Aug. 3, 2001, 11:18 a.m. CST

    hey fly boy, whatya say?

    by wupton

    regardless of who wants to remake dawn, save george himself, they should be verbally destroyed and warned away with cattle prods! no one should or could remake this film. its spot on and an excellent example of what a horror film should be. not some glossed over piece of post scream self referential shite that some hack has thrown together as his "homage to". make horror to serve horror you idiots! to hell with you i'm gonna make one...

  • Aug. 3, 2001, 11:24 a.m. CST

    For the post above - harry does have his facts straight.

    by milesman

    In the paragraph you posted above it's saying that the remake WILL be of Dawn of the Dead and NOT the original Night of the Living Dead. Right?

  • Aug. 3, 2001, 12:04 p.m. CST

    Going Overboard (long post)

    by Pavil

    Harry my friend, you need to chill out a bit. Take a nice deep breath. You say that "Dawn of the Dead" is one of your favorite flicks of all time. Good, that's great. Glad you enjoyed it. Will this remake, if it indeed ever gets made, diminish your enjoyment of the original in any way whatsoever? Would a remake of Lawrence of Arabia tarnish your enjoyment of the original? It shouldn't, in either case. The original exists, it isn't go anywhere, and you can turn on your vcr/dvd player tomorrow and watch it, secure in that knowledge. So why be so angry? By the amount of space in your article devoted to Gunn it seems that it's mostly him you're mad at. You say his Scooby-Doo script sucked the scum off toilet bowls. I've never read it, can't vouch for it. You didn't like "The Specials" and that's fine. As seen in these talkbacks, some people did. Some people will like this Scooby-Doo movie. Some people will even like the "Dawn of the Dead" remake. Is that a good reason to hate this guy so much? Because he managed to get some scripts produced that you didn't care for, even though other people did? You say that there's room in hell for Gunn 'cause he pissed on the work of MAD, Castle, Barbara, and Romero. Well, I don't believe in hell and there might as well be room for all of us for all I care, but this guy is just a screenwriter. A screenwriter, Harry. He writes movies. You might not care for his writing, but man, he hasn't done anything deserving of that. You lump the guy in w/ murderers, rapists, thieves, and other things that go bump in the night. All this guy does is write movie scripts for things as innocent as Scooby-Doo, Spy vs. Spy, and scary little zombie flicks. Hollywood is a business and you well know that. Everyone plays the game. Maybe Romero will get to make the 4th flick someday. Maybe Beacon could have found more appropriate people to work on the remake. Maybe they should have funded Romero's 4th instead. They didn't. They probably aren't. But you've still got the original to watch any time you want to. And James Gunn can't take that away from you.

  • Aug. 3, 2001, 12:18 p.m. CST

    Very smart cultural fun-making?

    by bltpdx

    How about blatant racism? The reviewer for the Fresno Bee said it the way I felt it: (paraphrasing from memory) "When black comics tear down white people, it could be looked at as somewhat justified, in the make-fun-of-the-ruling-class tradition. But to watch Chris Tucker hurl some of the same invective at Chinese people was just disgusting."

  • Aug. 3, 2001, 12:38 p.m. CST

    Visit George A for some good info

    by otis von zipper

    It looks like this is a done deal, at least as a project in development. Richard Rubenstein owns the rights to Dawn and has sold them to Beacon to do a remake. Some good news, Bruiser will be released on VHS and DVD in October.

  • Aug. 3, 2001, 1:16 p.m. CST

    narpin and Harry

    by sundown

    first things first. Planet of the Apes suck as do "reimaginings" and Cameron would have made a better film if he were in a coma. 2) Harry jumps to conclusion on people with little or no reason and then later pushes others just as hard for no reason. Do we need to remember how much he based Paul Anderson for Resident Evilwithout ever seeing one fact. He is practially trying to destory the mans career. And while saying a mans film sucks is one thing and a fan ina tb can say the man himnself sucks if you're a pro writer and critc saying the man sucks and ruining his livelihood is wrong. So for this scooby doo guy Harry has a hard on for scooby so what if this guy pissed on it its a stupid property and he only took it to get paid most likely. I don't see how you can miss nuances there. Now the other disturbing thing is the number of people who have met him and say he is an ass from experience. I never have so I'll take those at face value. Bottom line is I won't judge a man without a little thing called facts and without a fair assessment of them or their work. But thats just me... a TB Ahole not a major personality.

  • Aug. 3, 2001, 1:28 p.m. CST

    Hey, let`s remake "The Evil Dead" with Chris Klien as Ash, and t

    by Elgyn6655321

  • Aug. 3, 2001, 1:43 p.m. CST

    Screw Gunn

    by Staples

    Whoever this James Gunn is he should eb shot or tortured with extreme prejudice. If from what Harry implies is true, that eh screwed up to make a shitty Scooby film, he should eb shot. To even joke about a remake of dead is blasphemy. There seems to be no historical reverence in this culture, especially in film. "Apes" sucked in my opinion. It was a joke. Burton let us down and sold out for his won amusement. It was eyecandy without reason, while parodying its source material and giving a mindsplitting joke of a perporting trick ending. A "Dawn" remake will suck cause even if a director of note tackles it, as evident with "Apes" it'll still suck and be a scratch on a great film's legacy.

  • Er, Harry did not mention Phantasm because it's NOT scary - it's fucking hilarious! In addition, anyone related with Troma has no right taking part in ANY sort of serious film.

  • Aug. 3, 2001, 2:56 p.m. CST

    Please No!

    by OWNERX

  • Aug. 3, 2001, 2:57 p.m. CST

    Jesus Christ, it's the end of the world...

    by Insane Tiki

    Harry pretty much summed up my feelings on Romero's DAWN OF THE DEAD... the perfect horror movie. For ANYONE to attempt to remake or recreate or reinvision (whatever the hell they're calling it these days, with so many of them out there) such a perfect piece of film... screw genres, DAWN OF THE DEAD is one of the perfect movies ever made. It gets across exactly what it wants to get across, exactly the way it wants to. That's perfect film making. You can't improve that. Sure, you can repackage it, gloss it up, tone it down, rerelease it to an audience who has never heard of the original... but we all can see the sin in that. The only way I'd ever see anything called "Dawn of the Dead" in a theater is if they remastered, restored and rereleased the original to multiplexes across America. I can' tell you how much I hope this remake dies before it gets started... I really can't.

  • Aug. 3, 2001, 3:03 p.m. CST

    what the hell

    by OWNERX

    I often consider Night and Dawn to be the Saving Private Ryan of horror films. They were the first to show death in all its banal, final, gorey detail. Now, they want to remake it into a SCREAM type fun-fest. The fantastic Goblin Score will be replaced by a hip-hop soundtarck featuring Li'l Kim, Ja Rule and DMX. Catch Britney Spears singing the title song " Flyboy and Flygirl". The brilliant opening in the television station will be replaced with Carson Daly and Daisy Fuentes grappling with the zombie problem on TRL. Please, leave this and JAWS alone--because I have a bad feeling that UNiversal is going to get that bright idea.

  • Aug. 3, 2001, 3:26 p.m. CST

    I'm gonna' cry

    by Hollywood99%crap

    I don't think I can properly express my anger right now. While I'm here though I'd like to say this is like if the guy who made 'The Avengers-The Movie' re-make 'Raider's of the Lost Ark'.

  • Aug. 3, 2001, 3:48 p.m. CST

    like I said originality!

    by jetcreep

    I knew it was coming. Some idiot wants to relive a classic and thinks he'll make money. It don't work unless you are Burton, or some other (good) directer that has a new image of the idea. Hey, you worthless hack, leave my classic alone. You aren't a genius! Go make a Brady Bunch Movie!

  • Aug. 3, 2001, 4:01 p.m. CST

    remakes shemakes

    by Alec Cawthorne

    A Quick thought: When a film is remade, why does the script need to be remade? Why not just use the original? It's cheaper and it saves time. People would also be more inclined to wait to see the film before they inevitably complain. ...Thinking about remaking Dawn of the Dead is just plain dumb. It's like thinking about remaking Psycho...uh..nevermind.

  • Aug. 3, 2001, 4:27 p.m. CST

    Hey RENI

    by F For Fake

    "Possession" is one of the most beautifully disturbing films I've ever seen. Sam Neill is awesome, of course, and this is the best he's ever been. It gets lumped into 'horror' a lot, and I guess it is techinically a horror movie, but it's so much more. Don't rent it, just buy the goddamned thing. The recent DVD (I'm pretty sure Anchor Bay put it out) has something like 40 minutes of previously cut footage, and it's not typical cutting-room floor drek. It actually improves on the film. And to throw in my 2-cents, I agree with the sentiment that ANY remake of DOTD is a BAD BAD BAD idea. That movie is perfect I don't think it's overexaggeration to say that a remake of that flick would be as obscene as a remake of The Godfather. Totally wrong, don't do it.

  • Aug. 3, 2001, 5:23 p.m. CST

    dawn of the bailey

    by jeff bailey

    Ferchissakes....GRRRRRRRRR! Harry couldn't be more right. Give the goddamn money to Romero (who could probably make it for just Gunn's fee), leave him the fuck alone and let him deliver a fucking classic to the audience. He is the Orson Welles of Zombie movies. His vision of Apocalypse is a cinematic masterpiece that even the notoriously prickly Leonard "it's always too long" Maltin has to bow before (Love ya Leo. When's the new guide coming out? Seriously). If you don't understand Harry's rage, fine but those of us those that do think he can't be angry enough. At least he has a forum to speak for the rest of us. We pine for a 4th Dead (which you KNOW will kick ass) and instead the hacks get to feast on the corpse. The whole damn fiasco is so ripe with metaphor it could be taught in English 101. You know what I hate about shitty remakes is that's how people judge the predecessor. Maybe we should start a fund for a new Dead movie. I'll send in my 20 bucks. What's next? The French Connection? North by Northwest? Touch of Evil? I better keep my mouth shut. They're listening aren't they?

  • Aug. 3, 2001, 5:45 p.m. CST

    please george

    by LeatherfaceFreak

  • Aug. 3, 2001, 5:47 p.m. CST

    please george

    by LeatherfaceFreak

    wholy shit this can't be happening the greatest zombie movie ever will be turned into shit this is almost worse than the tcm idea well doesn't george have to ok it since it his movies. if so he can't let this happen.

  • Aug. 3, 2001, 6:11 p.m. CST

    Personally I'm not surprised

    by Evil Badger

    Firstly 2 of the best horror films EVER MADE are "Hellraiser" and "Evil Dead". Secondly the state the movie industry is in at the moment I'm really not surprised their remaking "Dawn of the Dead". Anything to squeeze more money out of anyone that doesn't know better.

  • Aug. 3, 2001, 6:56 p.m. CST

    I...I no longer believe in God....

    by Johnny Dagger

    I never understood where you atheists were coming from. UNTIL I heard that James Gunn was writing the remake of Dawn of the Dead. Suddenly, it all makes sense: there really is no God after all....

  • Aug. 3, 2001, 7:01 p.m. CST

    Remakes rehashes regurgitations... reeediculous

    by Boritom

    Okay, first off, we need to find the arrogant cock head who came up with the idea of remaking films in the first place! If the film is good, it doesn't need to be remade, and if a film sucks, why risk inflicting it upon us again??? Sure, there have been a couple good remakes out there, but for the most part, the majority of them soil the memory of the original in some way. Even when it's done by the same team that did the original, it's hard to make it as good or better. This points up a rather pathetic philosophy in Hollywood: Why be original? Pretty soon, we'll be seeing remakes of remakes (I've heard rumors of a new version of King Kong in planning, to be set back in 1933, with CGI effects... blecch!). Planet of the apes didn't need a remake, it needed a reprint on newer stock, and perhaps a remastered soundtrack. Who the fuck wants to sit in a theater for 2 hours watching Marky Mark get beat up by a bunch of Monkeys??? (If only they had at least seen the beautiful Irony that could be had by casting Peter Tork, Mike Nesmith, Davy Jones and Mickey Dolenz in supporting leads!!!) Remakes suck. Originals rock. Let's face it folks, the only reason studios make remakes is because they're to cheap to always pay for original ideas... that and there seems to be a grotesque shortage OF original ideas out there in the Writer's Guild anymore... why else would we be staring down the barrel of a 5th Star Trek series? Okay, you can hate me now!

  • Aug. 3, 2001, 8:45 p.m. CST

    just curious

    by Kel Anth

    Hey Harry, when you listed the horror movies film makers aspire to, you didn't mention Alien. Do you consider it sci-fi or do you think it just doesn't make the cut? Just curious.

  • Aug. 3, 2001, 10:46 p.m. CST

    DAMN! This is how I felt when they remade "Night of the Living

    by Mayhem Ensues

    Why do they hate George Romero so? Why? He aint never hurt nobody!

  • Aug. 3, 2001, 10:57 p.m. CST

    BULLSHIT! How can James Gunn have a MFA in "creative writing" f

    by Mayhem Ensues

    Answer me that! Well?!

  • Aug. 3, 2001, 11:10 p.m. CST

    Note to Buzz Maverik: It puts the lotion on its skin or else it

    by Mayhem Ensues

    It does this whenever its told.

  • Aug. 3, 2001, 11:24 p.m. CST

    When there's no room left in HELL...

    by Pisces

    Terrible, near-blasphemous, unnecesary movie remakes will roam the earth! This is still in rumor phases, but it pisses me right off. Dawn is most certainly a masterpiece in horror and dark satire, and by no means does it deserved to be pissed on by some hack who can't even write movies targeted toward teenieboppers right. to tell the truth, even if this move gets made and it _does_ expand on Dawn's orignal perfection, it's still not getting a red cent from myself or any of my fellow deadite friends. Simply because it's a movie that has been regurgitated from the hollywood duldrums of mass-produced plagarism. Not to mention spitting in the face of a cornerstone of modern horror. You don't let R.L. Stine re-write "Silence of the Lambs". It's been stated on the board here before, but what Becon should do is fund Romero's 4th dead project. Seriously. I'm certain he'd be quite happy for the donation. Modern society needs another good scare like the Dead movies, and you aren't going to do it by rehashing a satire aimed at the 1970's- we need something FRESH.

  • n o t.

  • Aug. 4, 2001, 12:53 a.m. CST

    people, people...

    by nixon45

    i'm not sure if its due in part to harry's over the top ranting, or if people just want something to vent their angst on after a long and painful summer at the cinemas, but seriously folks, its just a movie, ain't it? probably it will be bad, and that is life. no one here can do anything about that, except bitch and moan (and i see a hand raised, in the back.) if this was the most tramatic event in my life, i'd place a shotgun in my mouth and paint the ceiling with my brain. SIDENOTE: i think its ironic, in a funny way, that Harry says of his new book "I want to make people fall in love with movies again" then pulls what we call 'round here, a berserker on some poor fuck who tries to make movies. Awwww Uncle Harry, you tell the greatest stories, then WHAM, we're face down in the dirt with our gym shorts bunched around our ankles. "Say one word of this to your parents, and i'll gut you from groin to sternum." Yikes, i'd stop writing movies for sure. Peace out.

  • Aug. 4, 2001, 12:59 a.m. CST

    As Steve Jones would say - "you dirty fucker..."

    by Charlie & Tex

    When there's no more room in hell... some brainless twat does this kind of crap. Writers (of the untalented variety) always feel that they can take a cherished movie & try and make it "more contemporary" - and the end result invariably devalues the opinion of the original movie (Planet of the Apes, Savini's Night of the Living Dead, Point of no Return) There ought to be a fucking law against this. Somebody stop this sadly misguided & tragically talentless individual now...

  • Aug. 4, 2001, 7:47 a.m. CST

    Harry, Why R you already bashing Scooby???

    by Murrdoggy

    Why, The movie won't even be out for another year, yet you blasted it at least 5 times in this article. To bash a film you have not seen is as horrible as these damn pop up ads. What proof do you have that its bad, one guy who claimed to have bought a copy of the script off the street!!! what ever, like the studios would just let some guy sell copies at a huge convention. Take it easy on scooby till at least the trailors start playing. Jesus. this ain't cool at all Harry, ain't cool at all.

  • Aug. 4, 2001, 8:17 a.m. CST

    From the George A. Romero Website

    by Mirthquake

    From <> "I was unable to get George's take on this, but this much is known: George currently has nothing to do with this project. Whether or not it gets made is totally out of his hands, as Rubinstein -not George- owns the rights to the film. "Meantime, George is moving forward on Dead 4. More news on that long-awaited project as soon as it's available. "WebmasterGAR" ========== As opposed to this DotD concept as I am, maybe it might spark some enterprising individual or company to join up with Anchor Bay to bankroll "Dead 4". Besides, *IF* the remake does get made, how many of us will rent it or catch a matinee just to see how badly they screw it up? Mirth

  • Aug. 4, 2001, 9:32 a.m. CST

    Back Off, ya basement-dwelling polesmokers

    by HazMat

    To the assholes calling for gangrape for this poor guy, step back and take a fucking breath. I can't believe you pudwhackers are getting passionate about a fucking Scooby Doo movie!!! Listen to yourselves! Where I come from, if you liked Scooby Doo as a kid you had better have been a girl 'cause otherwise you were in for an ass-kicking! As for the zombie movie--I agree that remaking it is a stupid idea, but that doesn't mean that someone's gonna confiscate your spooge-stained copies of the original, so just chill the fuck out and ignore the remake which will probably bomb immediately anyway. You people never fail to crack me up and disappoint me all at the same time!!!

  • Aug. 4, 2001, 9:43 a.m. CST

    timmer - okay, maybe "Phantasm" wasn`t scary then - but neither

    by Elgyn6655321

  • Aug. 4, 2001, 10:25 a.m. CST

    Death to Dawn Remake

    by hellwrath

    Let Beacon Comm. hear our displeasure on this moronic idea. Death to the Dawn remake e-mail Beacon at

  • Aug. 4, 2001, 5:29 p.m. CST

    George Romero

    by byronian

    Why can't Hollywood give this man some respect and allow him to make movies with 10-20 mil budgets? Carpenter gets to and even Hollywood allows Tobe Hooper and Wes Craven (before Scream took off) to continue making major studio horror films. Horror movies started to suck around the mid-80s when sequelitis hit the smaller and major studios (Nightmare, Friday, Halloween, etc). More and more were made and a lot sucked. 70s horror flicks usually were mirrors of the times. Today, we get fresh-faced 20-something name actors that take NO chances in the roles they pick, have some script control (I won't take off my clothes, I don't like how my character dies, etc) and pressure the studios to hire or reign in creative directors. Hollywood and Beacon should be ashamed of themselves for even considering this garbage. Include Mr. Romero or go away. I don't even think Beacon has the rights, I believe Romero does or his old partner Richard Rubinstein does. That's my rant...

  • Aug. 4, 2001, 5:41 p.m. CST


    by byronian

    Has anybody seen Memento? This is a brilliantly made psychological thriller that was brilliantly written, directed, etc. Problem was that every Hollywood studio passed on this movie. The smallish indie studio that produced it released it in limited run and it made a profit. Hollywood is scratching their heads and asking why and HOW this movie made a NICE profit? I will tell those from Hollywood trolling these boards HOW...Good writing and a movie that is TRUE to the audience and has an original plot SHOULDN'T BE HARD TO SELL TO US MOVIEGOERS. STOP SHOVELLING CRAP TO US AND GIVE US SOME INTRIGUING FARE. Somebody help George Romero and allow him the chance that Wes Craven got from a major. PLEASE!?!?!?

  • Aug. 4, 2001, 6 p.m. CST

    Dawn Remake?

    by DaiZombi

    I'm with FieldmanNo.1 on this. I have never killed a man, but I would definately kill Gunn, all at Beacon and that slimey little twat Richard p. "how can I totally fuck Romero over" Rubinstein. This is an absolute travesty to film making. I know a lot of you are saying that it is in the top 10 best horror films ever made, but what you haven't realised is that to this day Dawn is THE BEST film made but a sentient life form. The only films that sh/could take Dawn's crown are the Lord of the Rings. We, as film lovers should unite to ensure that this film never gets made and that all funds possible should go to George and make the 4th Dead film.

  • Aug. 4, 2001, 8:43 p.m. CST

    Some Talkbackers I agree with and thank rock for what there sayi

    by Neosamurai85

    Boritom, ZeroCorpse, WesReviews, azrael79, Ken Luxury-yacht and Gaspode. So I decide to post something more about this now that I

  • Aug. 4, 2001, 8:51 p.m. CST

    Oh and I almost forgot!

    by Neosamurai85

    RVZ, TheMadHatter, THE TALL MAN (kickass name by the way) and Dootchbag. Though some of these clash I really did like some of the points made and don't nessasaraly agree with every singal word they said (that gose for the others I posted as well). but still Rock on. Peace.

  • Aug. 4, 2001, 10:23 p.m. CST

    What did Shaggy step in?

    by Cthulu

    Scooby doo.

  • Aug. 4, 2001, 10:43 p.m. CST

    Please stop

    by Vern

    Usually I just laugh when the talkbackers go nuts over some supposed cinematic blasphemy. But I mean jesus, people. this is something you just don't do. You don't fucking remake dawn of the dead. people are executed for lesser crimes even in progressive countries.

  • Aug. 5, 2001, 1:07 a.m. CST


    by byronian

    Agreed. I see this crap all the time and it just makes me want to give up. Your point is very well put. But somebody answer me this...Wes Craven made low budget, thoughtful and gory horror flicks before Scream. Big studios gave him 10-15 mil for movies like People Under The Stairs. Carpenter gets to make movies like Ghosts Of Mars and Vampires (which had a strong first weekend at 15 mil back when it opened). Why can't some studio give this to Romero? I know Lion's Gate wants to be a player, since they are the potential backer of Dead 4, then I hope they give it a chance in the theater. Or is Romero just too "difficult" and "uncompromising" for the standard clueless major studio exec (I can just see Stacey Snider saying George who?...oh him). I guess studio execs truly have no memory of filmmaking beyond the last 10 years.

  • Aug. 5, 2001, 4:04 a.m. CST

    People Under The Stairs...

    by EvilWorm

    What is wrong with people under the stairs? I know that it should have ended when the kids got out and I don

  • Aug. 5, 2001, 2:07 p.m. CST

    Stupid Hollywood Trends

    by LastGL

    It would seem DAWN has become another victim of this crappy remake trend.You remember how it started with Gus Van Sant doing that shot by shot remake of PSYCHO with Vince Vaughnas Norman Bates.Here's a message to Hollywood: STOP MAKING CRAPPY REMAKES OF MOVIES! Or is it too hard to make an original movie?Next thing you know some Thinks-They-Can-Do-It-Better film school reject will "remake" a classic and royally screw it up.George Romero is a genius who made a great disaster/horror trilogy and now James Gunn(real original name,Gunn) is gonna screw up the best installment.

  • Aug. 5, 2001, 9:10 p.m. CST

    People Under The Stairs...

    by byronian

    Nothings wrong with the movie. I personally love the underlying message AGAINST child abuse and the governments lack of interest in poor children. I was only saying that Craven got to make that movie at Universal with a 10-15 mil budget. It actually turned a nice profit. Why can't somebody do this for Romero is all I am saying.

  • Aug. 5, 2001, 9:20 p.m. CST

    Harry Knowles, I take back everything bad I ever thought or said

    by heywood jablomie

    This piece is so right on it hurts. The main point of DAWN OF THE DEAD is...IT'S AN UNRATED MOVIE! Meaning that Romero was able to go to the limits image-wise and do exactly as he pleased. I certainly don't think the movie's performances are "perfect" but it IS one of the classic, coolest, ballsiest modern horror movies. Remaking it, and handing it off to Scooby Doo guy, is beyond retarded. And while you're at it, Harry--will you bash John August a little bit?

  • Aug. 5, 2001, 9:59 p.m. CST


    by Mr Superbad

    it will be just like the original, only less bloody... and less entertaining... and with no social commentary underneath... and it will suck! Cool!!!!

  • Aug. 6, 2001, 5:16 a.m. CST

    These people who come up with these ideas, either have balls the

    by lazyboy_ie

    I'll go for the Gnat option!

  • Aug. 6, 2001, 10:33 a.m. CST

    Get Your Facts Straight Before You Post Something, Mr. Blume

    by timothycarey

    "Here is the story from Jam movies: The zombies are heading back to the shopping mall. George Romero's 1978 sequel to his original low-budget horror classic "Night Of The Living Dead" is being scripted by James Gunn, whose most recent assignment was the upcoming big-screen version of "Scooby Doo," Variety said" Newsflash -- "George Romero's 1978 sequel to his original low-budget horror classic "Night Of The Living Dead"" is a little film guessed it. Read, then comprehend, that which you post...

  • Aug. 7, 2001, 4:56 a.m. CST

    Harry, tell us how you REALLY feel!

    by Triumph

    Don't hold back! Come on!

  • Aug. 14, 2002, 6:58 a.m. CST

    A DOTD remake is as bad an idea as a DOTD sequel.

    by Curt Wild

    Come on everyone, relax a bit, ok ? I agree that the idea of a remake of DOTD is stupid at best, and that the money that&#39;ll be spent to produce the remake should go to Romero for the fourth installment, but at the same time, I think that I prefer to see a so-so remake then to see a crappy sequel. Everybody&#39;s talkin about how there is no more creativity in hollywood about how remakes are ruining movies, yet, no one talks about unnecessary sequels. I mean there is a good chance that Mr. Romero is gonna be making this movie only because fans have been asking (demanding is more the word) for one. He&#39;s gonna give us an ininspired zombie flick that many of us will hate. A lot of fans I&#39;ve already met didn&#39;t like the latest sequel (Day Of The Dead), what will they then say about a new sequel. But that doesn&#39;t mean that I want to see a remake. The only remake I would like to see would be one with the same cast, the same script, the same soundtrack, and shot the same year as the original... but with better special effects (I don&#39;t mean CGI). but that&#39;s not possible. so no remake. And I honestly hope that the fourth installement gets made. With Romero making it, I believe and hope that it won&#39;t suck. I just don&#39;t want to see a great trilogy ruined by an over-hype, uninspired sequel. In the comic-book reading world, everybody was asking for a sequel to Batman: the dark knight returns. when they got it, they were severly disappointed by the crappy artwork, the crappy story, and the crappy idea that is a sequel to a masterpiece. with DOTD and Day, we&#39;ve already got two superb sequels to a masterpiece. let&#39;s hope romero can pull it off one more time. sorry for this rant.