How To Meet The Challenges Of Filming A Good Remake

          Let's face it, Hollywood and original ideas are just not common bedfellows. While there are some films that are so good, so timeless, so near perfect that even the hint of a remake, reimagining, or sequel should be considered a capital offense; there are many more films that could use the occasional dusting off and revisiting.




Failures


          Now for some odd reason, films based on facets of 80's pop culture are almost always misfires or just plain bad. Maybe it's just me ranting as a child of that era, but flicks based on the Saturday morning cartoons, video games, toys, etc. of that time have rarely, if ever, made a successful jump to the big screen. Let's look at some of the biggest losers:  Transformers, G.I. Joe, Super Mario Bros., Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Garbage Pail Kids... the list goes on. I've tried my hand at giving points to make a better Masters of the Universe film myself in a previous blog. Truth be told, those films are all some guilty pleasure of mine, but that doesn't mean they're good.

Love a duck


          Another guilty pleasure of mine that deserves a remake? Howard the Duck. Introduced into the Marvel Cinematic Universe in Guardian's of the Galaxy, this comic book hero's previous film is often brought up as a candidate for one of the worst films ever made. These facts, along with Hollywood's current trend of mining comic books for new film ideas, makes this anthropomorphic duck primed for a return to the silver screen. And in an online interview some time ago, Rob Zombie stated that the only comic book movie he would be interested in directing is Howard the Duck. If there is anything I can do to make this happen, please let me know.

It factor


          Another remake I'm excited about, is a big screen treatment of Stephen King's It. This film was done about as well as it could be considering it aired on network tv; and could really thrive by going darker, scarier, and bloodier. The biggest obstacle here is casting, and none more so than Pennywise It-self. Tim Curry was iconic as the child-devouring monster disguised as a clown.

Deja vu again...


          I hope I'm not alone in actually looking forward to these Hollywood remakes. I know I won't be alone in denigrating some remakes based only on the film name and nothing else. But we can all rest assured, the remake will be an industry staple for as long storytelling exists.

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