Honestly, I love this movie. Fell for it in high school when I saw my Drama/English teacher in it as the starring role. I know it sounds cliche but I would like to see Jim Carrey as the Dowd main character. Perfect choice regardless that he does a spot on impression of Jimmy Stewart. Very laid back sort of film for Spielberg and I can not wait to see what he does with this classic movie. My respect to Steven for this choice.
Aug 3 - 05:16 AM
It was Jimmy Stewart who made the movie great. I don't think a Tom Hanks-type could pull it off. Jim Carrey would probably be better.
Aug 3 - 06:23 AM
You do know Tom Hanks & James Stewart are the same type of actors? They are both "role-playing actor(s)". Technically speaking, Tom Hanks is the most obvious choice for this film. Personally, I'm totally sick & tired of classic films being remade. I don't expect this "remake" to come close to Harvey Koster's 1950's award-winning version with James Stewart.
Jim Carrey?!?! please! it's bad enough there remaking such a classic film like "Harvey". Jim Carrey would be to overdramatic & do his typical crazy- man-act-impersonation for the role. He would be the wrong choice by a landslide.
Aug 3 - 11:19 AM
there will never be a talent like James Stewart, he is iconic, and put his stamp on every character he played...no one will measure up. But, I trust Spielberg, so if he thinks it will be a good remake, I will believe him. As long is they do not touch It's a Wonderful Life!!!
Aug 3 - 06:53 AM
Instead of a %u201Cnowhere-film%u201D like Harvey Why not
%u201CROD SERLING%u2019S NIGHT GALLERY
(A STEVEN SPIELBERG PRODUCTION)%u201D
why not a nice docu-drama about the creation of the BUGS BUNNY cartoons or dramatizing the stories behind TOM AND JERRY CARTOONS . . . or maybe, since, NIGHT GALLERY was Steven Spielberg%u2019s "first" piece of action (e.g. opportunity to direct in a major Hollywood studio), STEVEN SPEILBERG could PRODUCE a NIGHT GALLERY theatrical film with talents such as Rob Zombie, Michael Bay, John Carpenter, and a politically un-beleaguered Tobe Hooper directing and executively producing. %u201CPolitically un-beleaguered:%u201D where Steven Spielberg gives Tobe Hooper ¼ of the budget (equaling 20 million dollars) and says %u201CTobe, remember and RELIVE your time shooting Texas Chainsaw Massacre? Hire the people YOU want to HIRE, direct the movie YOU want to Direct and bring me back a scary, harrowingly-unnerving segment for my NIGHT GALLERY MOVIE.%u201D Such a bold move on the part of Steven Spielberg toward Tobe Hooper will close the POLTERGEIST-CHAPTER forever.
Aug 3 - 07:44 AM
that's: ROD SERLING'S NIGHT GALLERY (A STEVEN SPIELBERG PRODUCTION)
. . .
I thought Steven Speilberg was "reduxing" JAWS! Not a boring movie-concept about a boring main character in a dramaturgically ridiculous storyline. Why not remake or SEQUALIZE "Who framed Roger Rabbit?"
Complaints of declining film-quality (i.e. the entertainment levels of film) overall and an equally declining economy must indicate that Hollywood "must needs" make better films. Audiences have intelligent minds, film, as a mass-communicating medium sometimes should build the awareness of audiences.
Spielberg stews (see's) Rabbits
and I see boooooorrrrriiiinnnggggg movie!!!!! "Who Framed Roger Rabbit PART 2"
Aug 3 - 07:48 AM
@Gordon Franklin Terry Sr.
God! are you stupid or what? Both your posts are so flawed it's laughable.
"I thought Steven Speilberg was "reduxing" JAWS! Not a boring movie-concept about a boring main character in a dramaturgically ridiculous storyline."
Yea, "reduxing" a classic film like "Jaws" is going to happen. What are you smoking? "Harvey" is a boring movie-concept that is dramaturgically ridiculous? Actually, there is nothing ridiculous about it. There are people in this world who "have" imaginary friend(s) per se (little kids are known for doing that) of course there are adults that do that to but technically they're not mentally stable though.
"Why not remake or SEQUALIZE "Who framed Roger Rabbit?"
Robert Zemeckis is possibly considering a sequel to "Who Framed Roger Rabbit?" which really isn't needed as the original is a classic film.
"Complaints of declining film-quality (i.e. the entertainment levels of film) overall and an equally declining economy must indicate that Hollywood "must needs" make better films. Audiences have intelligent minds, film, as a mass-communicating medium sometimes should build the awareness of audiences."
This whole statement of you made is so damn flawed. To begin, film quality doesn't mean "entertainment level". What they mean by film quality is structurally solid storytelling which consists of the five pillars of storytelling which is conflict, movement, structure, economy & vision (if you have never taken any kind of screenwriting course then you probably won't fully understand the five pillar structure). Films have the entertainment level down pat but DON'T have the solid substructure & diction of it's storytelling. Today's studio films (a good majority of them) have little structured storytelling to them something the independent filmmaking circuit is so strong in (ex. "The Hurt Locker", "Moon", "(500) Days Of Summer", & so forth"). You say audiences have intelligent minds? Today's audiences barely consist of common sense & to be frank, your not an exact model of intelligence which clearly shows just by your statements.
"Spielberg stews (see's) Rabbits and I see boooooorrrrriiiinnnggggg movie!!!!! "Who Framed Roger Rabbit PART 2" no fun"
What I see just by this statement you made is what's wrong with today's viewing public & the film industry.
Aug 3 - 11:48 AM
Why do I get the odd, yet distinct, feeling that Spielberg has Shia LeBouf in mind as the lead role? Wouldn't be too surprised if that were the case since they're obviously madly in love. Either way, I have quite a lot of faith in Spielberg and this will probably turn out very well considering it'll be pretty close mood wise, one would imagine, to the Terminal.
Aug 3 - 08:00 AM
I'll say it again. When do we get the Lincoln movie?
Aug 3 - 08:12 AM
krookedlegs Eagle Tail
thats what i was wondering.
Aug 3 - 01:26 PM
My understanding was that financing or something fell through on the Lincoln movie (literally weeks before they were going to start shooting). Hopefully they'll try again, but I can see him focusing on something else for a bit.Harvey is an interesting choice. In the right hands it could be great. Unfortunately this is also the sort of film Spielburg tends to drown in sentimentality. I'm certainly curious though.
Aug 3 - 09:19 AM
Yeah I know, I was speaking rhetorically. I think you're right that he'll "drown this in sentimentality." Spielberg has made some really interesting, personal projects in the last decade or so. I just can't believe that the financing for a Lincoln film starring Liam Neeson and directed by Spielberg can't get funded. There's a lot of interest in Lincoln these days too.
Aug 3 - 10:10 AM
correction: "This whole statement you made is so damn flawed."
Aug 3 - 11:50 AM
I ****ing loved the original I hope Spielberg can live up to it
Aug 3 - 12:47 PM
if there's one person in the entertainment industry I wholeheartedly trust, even in the pre-production stages like this for a movie at least a year away, it's Spielberg...but yeah, remakes aren't really his thing, unless it's a new take on it or an allegory for the industry's lack of imagination. All though Lars and the Real Girl did it pretty well three years ago
Aug 3 - 02:38 PM
Note to Spielburg: Give it up, Mel Gibson's new movie has already got this one beat
Synopsis for The Beaver: A man walks around with a beaver puppet on his hand and treats it like it is a living creature.
I'd give my left nut to see this movie. I don't think even Spielburgs genius could surpass this project.
Aug 3 - 04:15 PM
Why not your right nut? j/k
I said it before & I'll say it again. Spielberg's remake of "Harvey" won't match the original "Harvey" from Koster & Stewart as it's simply a classic film.
As far as Mel Gibson's "The Beaver"? this was announced last year & Gibson hasn't gotten any of his projects off the ground other then Martin Campbell's "Edge Of Darkness" due out in January 2010. I wouldn't be expecting "The Beaver" to come anytime soon as many within Hollywood (Studios & such) are waiting to see how Campbell's film starring Mel Gibson does in the B.O. to see if there's any interest in Gibson anymore. Why doesn't Spielberg do "The Beaver" instead of a remake of a classic film such as "Harvey".
Aug 3 - 06:00 PM
Another remake? Thanks Spielberg, what a boring, uninspiring choice for your next project. I would rather you just retire than see you waste your talent on something like this. What happen to Interseller, by the way?
Aug 3 - 07:24 PM
As much as I too trust Spielberg, it IS a little sad that he couldn't get Lincoln off the ground and instead has to to a remake. But as all great directors must do - they have to make money-makers to fund their pet projects. I just hope in my life time he does "Ring World" the way it should be done.
Aug 3 - 08:23 PM
Back in the 1940's, there was a wonderful little film called "A Guy Named Joe" about a pilot who dies during a mission, only to return as a ghost and discover that he needs to bring closure to the woman he left behind. That film was remade by Spielberg as 1989's "Always", which in and of itself is a truly memorable and emotionally resonant piece of cinema.So the precedent for Spielberg to develop a successful remake is there already. I'm actually pleased that it's the director with perhaps the best track record in the biz who is tackling such a grand classic as "Harvey". This is exactly the sort of film Spielberg excels at. I certainly hope he DOES "drown it in sentimentality." I 'd kind of like to see a film like that again.
Aug 3 - 09:05 PM
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