Weekly Ketchup: John Carter Sequel Already in the Works

Plus, new roles for Will Ferrell and Jennifer Aniston, and a futuristic Zorro.

This week's Ketchup covers a seven day period that had plenty of newsworthy announcements, but what was really missing was much that this writer could call a Fresh Development (except maybe the headline and one other story, and even then... both are borderline). Also included in the mix are another Hitchcock remake, a prequel/sequel for I Am Legend, a Twisted Metal video game adaptation movie, a Zorro reboot, and new roles for Jennifer Aniston and Will Ferrell.


This Week's Top Story

JOHN CARTER SEQUEL ALREADY BEING WRITTEN

The 100 year wait for a movie based on Edgar Rice Burroughs' John Carter will finally end on March 9, 2012. Although there's no way of knowing yet whether John Carter will be successful enough to warrant another film, the film's director Andrew Stanton (Finding Nemo, WALL-E) is already working with his cowriter Michael Chabon on adapting the second book The Gods of Mars in the series anyway. Michael Chabon is best known as the novelist responsible for Wonder Boys and the Pulitzer Prize winning superhero novel The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay. It's also very important to note that Walt Disney Pictures hasn't yet actually given John Carter: The Gods of Mars a greenlight yet (for obvious reasons). If they do, however, The Gods of Mars is the novel in which Burroughs really expanded the scope of John Carter's adventures, setting the stage for following novels (especially since The Gods of Mars ends on a cliffhanger). If John Carter is indeed a hit, and Disney moves ahead with plans for an ongoing series of adaptations, there are still seven more novels to adapt after The Gods of Mars.

Fresh Developments This Week

#1 DISNEY TAKES THE SNOW WHITE OUT OF THE ORDER OF THE SEVEN

With two Snow White movies coming out in 2012 alone, that creates a bit of a conundrum for the other studios with Snow White projects in development, as they stand the chances of being the third and/or fourth Snow White movies in recent memory. Walt Disney Pictures in particular has to tread that subject carefully, since their ABC network already airs the Snow White TV series Once Upon a Time, and Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs is after all the original "Disney" movie. And so, what Disney has done is take the "Snow White" out of the movie formerly known as Snow and the Seven, and retitled it as The Order of the Seven. We also now know that Irish actress Saoirse Ronan (Hanna, The Lovely Bones, Atonement) will star in The Order of the Seven, as an Englishwoman in 19th century China who is protected by a band of seven martial arts enthusiasts. With these new changes, however, all of the little in joke things about the story being a reimagination of Snow White are now out the window, with the story still being basically the same. The Order of the Seven will also be the directorial debut of visual effects supervisor Michael Gracey, whose most famous movie to date was Ned Kelly, starring Heath Ledger as the infamous Australian outlaw. The question now is whether taking the Snow White out of this movie will end up being a good thing or not (or, should the movie just stay unmade, period?). Let's call this news a borderline "Fresh Development"... barely.

Rotten Ideas of the Week

#8 WILL FERRELL WILL BECOME THE FLAMINGO THIEF

Will Ferrell has signed with Ben Stiller's Red Hour production company to star in the crime drama Flamingo Thief, based upon the novel by Susan Trott. Flamingo Thief is about a multimillionaire whose son recently died and whose private life and business is starting to fall apart, and so he starts stealing flamingo ornaments from people's lawns. Flamingo Thief was adapted by screenwriter Michael LeSieur (You, Me and Dupree, The Maiden Heist), who will also be making his directorial debut with this film. You, Me and Dupree was critically reviled (with just 21% on the RT Tomatometer), but besides that... this movie is also a dramedy about Will Ferrell stealing flamingo lawn ornaments.



#7 JENNIFER ANISTON JOINS MISS YOU ALREADY AND SWITCH

This week, Jennifer Aniston joined two new movies, one of which is a dramedy called Miss You Already about two female friends whose relationship falls apart when one becomes pregnant, and the other becomes ill. So far, everything about that movie seems pretty predictable, right? Here's the weird part: Miss You Already will be directed by Paul Andrew Williams, an English director whose most "popular" movies to date were the direct-to-video (in the USA) horror titles The Cottage and Cherry Tree Lane (check out the poster art here and here to get an idea of what sort of movies those were). It's not impossible for "genre" directors to make other types of movies... but it's still unexpected for a Jennifer Aniston movie. To be fair, that same director recently made Song for Marion, a cancer drama starring Terence Stamp and Vanessa Redgrave. Jennifer Aniston's other new movie this week is the Elmore Leonard adaptation Switch, which will also costar Dennis Quaid, Ty Burrell (from TV's Modern Family), John Hawkes and Yasiin Bey. Hawkes and Bey are playing the younger versions of the Jackie Brown characters that were played in that movie by Robert De Niro and Samuel L. Jackson. Switch is a kidnapping crime story, and Jennifer Aniston will be playing the wife of a real estate developer (Quaid) whose relationship with her husband creates complications for the first time kidnappers. Both of these movies are Rotten Ideas this week based mostly on Jennifer Aniston's RT Tomatometer track record, which really merits attention. Of the dozens of movies Jennifer Aniston has now made, only six of her roles have "Fresh" scores on the Tomatometer, effectively giving Aniston herself a Rotten score of something like 25%. There's also the little, confusing fact that Jennifer Aniston already starred in a movie called The Switch.


#6 THE INEVITABLE FOUND FOOTAGE SPOOF WILL BE CALLED SMART ASS

You know a movie genre or trend has really become over saturated when it comes time for it to be spoofed. For the "found footage" movies like Paranormal Activity and The Devil Inside Me, that spoof will be called Smart Ass, though what exactly it will be about is not yet known. Marlon Wayans has some experience with spoof movies, having played Shorty in the first two Scary Movie... movies, and so he will be making his directorial debut with Smart Ass, as well as costarring. Marlon Wayans' first announced costar in Smart Ass is Essence Atkins, who also costars in the TBS comedy series Are We There Yet?, and who also costarred in the spoof movie Dance Flick, which was directed by Marlon's nephew Damien Dante Wayans. As much as this writer appreciates the sentiment behind spoofing found footage movies, spoofs themselves don't really have a great critical past themselves, and so that's why Smart Ass is one of the week's Rotten Ideas. And then there's Marlon Wayans himself, who only ever has gotten a Fresh rating himself because he was in Requiem for a Dream.


#5 FOUND FOOTAGE MOVIES ARE STILL BEING MADE, AND ONE OF THEM IS (MAYBE?) CALLED CHERNOBYL DIARIES

Normally, movies that get released by the big studios take some time to get made, and there are also "movie stars" that help draw attention to the projects. The "found footage" trend bypasses a lot of that, however: they're cheap and quick to make, and usually don't have any recognizable cast members. And so, they can slide under the radar of features like the Weekly Ketchup a lot of the time. This week, Warner Bros and Alcon Entertainment announced that they had acquired the rights to a horror movie called Chernobyl Diaries, which will be released just in time for Memorial Day weekend this May. Very, very little is known about Chernobyl Diaries, except that it's about "a group of friends who, while vacationing in Europe, find themselves stranded in the abandoned city only to discover that they are not alone." In fact, we don't even know for sure that Chernobyl Diaries even is a "found footage" movie, except that it was produced by Oren Peli, the director of the first Paranormal Activity and producer of the sequels, as well as other found footage projects like the upcoming Area 51, The Bay, and Lords of Salem, and the ABC TV series The River. So, yeah, that gives us a little hint that it might be a found footage horror movie. Whatever else it is, Chernobyl Diaries appears to definitely be a cheaply made horror movie, and although there are some success stories, generally, they tend to be Rotten Ideas.


#4 ANOTHER TWIST IN THE LONG ROAD TO GREAT VIDEO GAME MOVIES: TWISTED METAL

This week, in the days leading up to the release of Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance, that movie's studio, Sony Pictures, made a deal with one of the film's codirectors to write and direct an adaptation of the video game series Twisted Metal. Brian Taylor normally works with Mark Neveldine, with whom he has directed the two Crank movies, and cowritten Jonah Hex. The Twisted Metal games are about violent demolition derby competitions that are basically like "Mortal Kombat with guns and cars," or even more specifically, like "Death Race but with clown masks." Stylistically, Brian Taylor seems like a good match for Twisted Metal, if it has to be a movie. Critically, however, Brian Taylor has traditionally not done well outside the two Crank movies.


#3 GAEL GARCIA BERNAL IS THE NEW ZORRO... OF THE FUTURE

Pulp writer Johnston McCulley created Zorro in 1919 as a swashbuckling protector of the people of colonial era 19th century California, and that is basically the way he's been portrayed in movies and TV series ever since. 20th Century Fox, however, has plans to revive the Zorro character in a completely different way: by moving him to the future. This week, that reboot project, now called Zorro Reborn, crossed an important milestone in the casting of Mexican actor Gael Garcia Bernal (Y Tu Mama Tambien, Bad Education, The Motorcycle Diaries) as the title character. This new Zorro won't be set in Mexico or California at all, but will instead just be "a masked vigilante looking for revenge..." in the future. Fox hasn't yet found a director for Zorro Reborn, which was adapted by screenwriter Glenn Gers (cowriter of Mad Money, Fracture) and newcomers Lee Shipman and Brian McGreevy. Although Gael Garcia Bernal is a talented actor whose films are generally well received critically, his joining this project still doesn't quite overcome the handicap of it being a Zorro story... in the future.


#2 ANOTHER ALFRED HITCHCOCK CLASSIC TO GET REMADE: SUSPICION

It was just last week that DreamWorks announced plans to remake Alfred Hitchcock's Rebecca. And now, this week, Paramount followed suit with their own plans to remake Hitchcock's 1941 thriller Suspicion. Joan Fontaine won a Best Actress Oscar as a young bride who suspects that her new husband (Cary Grant) plans to kill her for her money. Rebecca and Suspicion do share some other things in common: they were released only a year apart, and both films are based upon novels from which they were not entirely adapted faithfully, especially in the third act. Paramount Pictures has hired TV producer/writer Veena Sud (AMC's The Killing) to adapt the original 1932 Frances Iles novel Before the Fact, upon which Suspicion was based. It's not yet known if the intent of this remake is to more faithfully adapt the original novel, or to directly remake the story as it was originally made. Regardless, Suspicion, like Rebecca or nearly any other Hitchcock film, doesn't really seem like it needs to be remade, and so, it's yet another Rotten Idea this week.


#1 WARNER BROS GOES BACK TO THE FUTURE WITH I AM LEGEND PREQUEL/SEQUEL... THING

The 2007 apocalyptic/undead thriller I Am Legend received a "Fresh" rating on the RT Tomatometer, so how exactly does one explain why this story is Rotten, without spoiling crucial details? Let's start with the headline: Warner Bros is moving forward with plans for a follow up to I Am Legend. "Follow up" is probably a safer way of putting it, because it's currently unclear what this movie will be: a prequel, a sequel, or something in between. Screenwriter Arash Amiel, who wrote the upcoming biopic Grace of Monaco has been hired to write it, so maybe the answer is that it's not yet known exactly what form this will take until Amiel is finished writing it. Will Smith had made comments about this concept a few years back, but it's also possible things have changed since then. Regardless, another way to look at this perhaps is that Richard Matheson never wrote any sort of prequel/sequel to I Am Legend, so maybe... that's the way the story should stay.

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Comments

Sean D.

Sean D

"I am Legend" was not that great. And a remake of 'Suspicion'? Seriously? I heard they were going to remake "The Birds." Please. No.

Feb 17 - 05:21 PM

Cinema-Maniac

Caesar Mendez

I feel the same the way, Alfred Hitchcock remakes always end in disaster and they should leave Hitchcock movies alone.

Feb 17 - 07:36 PM

Janson Jinnistan

Janson Jinnistan

At least when DePalma was remaking Hitchcock, he had the good taste to pretend he was being original.

Feb 18 - 12:52 PM

Sean D.

Sean D

YES! There is only one person that can do Alfred Hitchcock: Alfred Hitchcock.
...
Well, "Diabolique" was really, REALLY good. But other than that, it's damn hard to do.

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Feb 24 - 04:52 PM

Gordon Franklin Terry Sr

Gordon Terry

I AM LEGEND is a HORRIBLE ADAPTATION of the source material . . . The Two Societies of Vampires with Neville caught in-between would be an excellent and astute metaphor for today's divisive CLASS WARFARE occurring in America today. Maybe Warner Bros. can make the film to be a dual-linear sequel/prequel where society is about to make the same mistakes yet harkens to the past which would feature Will Smith.

Feb 18 - 05:16 PM

Janson Jinnistan

Janson Jinnistan

Maybe it should open with the new protagonist waking up and realizing he was dreaming that he was Will Smith in an awful film.

Feb 18 - 08:15 PM

Alex Carawan

Alex Carawan

I Am Legend was a good book. I Am Legend was a good movie. Each in their own ways. Movies don't have to be faithful adaptations to be good. And typing select phrases like CLASS WARFARE will turn people against you. Conservative or liberal, it makes you seem like an annoying dick.

Feb 19 - 12:23 PM

Derek Green

Derek Green

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Feb 23 - 06:24 PM

The.Watcher

The Watcher

00 - John Carter is a movie I have zero interest in. Just another cartoon with live action people. Green screens and CGI - welcome to new-age Hollywood.
01 - Pass. Being Russian, I grew up on Tolstoy, Dostoevski, Pushkin, Lermontov, Gogol, etc. Not princesses and magic fruit.
02 - (Hello short Fresh list!) My, this week isn't being kind to me. Will Ferrell is another one of those "comedy" "actors" I have no interest in.
03 - Yay, more shit I don't care about! What a fantastic week.
04 - Really? This whole spoof trend is still alive? Does anyone actually derive any enjoyment in watching a shitty movie make fun of other shitty movies?
05 - I can only remember enjoying two found-footage movies: Cloverfield and the recent Chronicle. Odds are this will suck. Although hey, Chernobyl. Maybe they will have nice creature designs.
06 - Jaffe's new Twisted Metal is quite awesome indeed, and really this movie will just be basically Death Race, but with magic and Mario-Kart-Meets-Mortal-Kombat weaponry. Doesn't take a genius to make this one not suck, but it's Hollywood, so you never know. If they managed to fuck up Cage's flaming skull twice, they can find a way to fuck this up, as well.
07 - Zorro in the future... isn't that a bit of an oxymoron? The whole premise of Zorro is basically a mask, a sword and a horse. Will he be using blades in the future, where the bad guys have... like, fucking shoulder mounted laser rocket launchers? Hey, I know! Maybe he can cleave a missile in half. Sounds like a winner, right? Right?
08 - Why? These movies are not well-known and have no name value... why not just make a similar movie and call it something else? Why would you intentionally shit upon Hitchcock's works, especially when there's no real reason to?
09 - Well, let's start off with the fact that Smith's character dies at the end of Matheson's book, and the "monsters" are not fucking brain-dead zombies. The movie was already an affront to his work, so why stop now?

Feb 17 - 05:48 PM

Manuel G.

Manuel Granados

I generally try not to expect much of movies made out of books, I expect butchery at its finest sometimes. But I do hate when they basically change the whole idea of the book like they did with I am Legend. The "monsters" are always the bad guys and Will Smith never has a moment to look back at his life and reflect upon the fact that he's been hunting them and killing them as if they had never been human. They are always evil and he's always a guy trying to do the right thing. How that crap movie got a fresh is beyond me.

Feb 17 - 08:36 PM

The.Watcher

The Watcher

Well, to be fair, I am Legend, if taken at face value with no thoughts of its alleged source material (cos let's face it: swap the names and there's almost no resemblance to the book), is not a terrible movie. It's not a good movie, but it's serviceable. A 6.3/10 is not beyond the realm of possibility.

As an adaptation, though, it's a fucking travesty along the lines of LXG.

Feb 17 - 11:51 PM

King  S.

King Simba

I believe there was an animated series featuring Zoro in the future. Maybe that's what they're planning to use that as the basis for this movie. I haven't seen the series, but I remember from the commercials that he wielded a sort of lightsaber while he wore a holographic mask and rode a mechanical glider - yep it sounds as bad as that Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Fast Forward spinoff.

Feb 17 - 11:44 PM

The.Watcher

The Watcher

Wow, that's... actually something I really want to see. Jedi Zorro. You know what? I hope the movie gets made, I really do. I would pay to see that movie.

Feb 17 - 11:49 PM

Alex Carawan

Alex Carawan

Wow, I just read you bitch about each movie discussed on this page... Except the idea of making a movie based on Twisted Metal. Please shut up, you've lost the right to be on the internet.

Feb 19 - 12:29 PM

The.Watcher

The Watcher

You, sir, are a moron.
I never said TM would be a good movie, I never said I wanted to see it, and I most definitely did not say I thought it was a good idea. In fact, if you try to focus your ADD-riddled attention span on a sentence for more than five (5) seconds (I know it's really hard, but please, do give it your best shot. Attaboy), you would actually see that I insinuated that making this adaptation would be redundant, as it was basically already done in the form of W.S. Anderson's Death Race. What I DID say, however, is that, if made, TM stands a greater chance of not sucking as much as other game adaptations simply because it doesn't need a heavy plot or background lore, only vehicular combat.

Honestly, the fact that I have to spell this out for you in the way I would to a particularly slow child is disparaging, and stands as further proof of the continuing devolution of RT's community ever since the Flixter merger.

Feb 19 - 04:55 PM

Dave J

Dave J

Actually, Watcher is correct that any testerone male who love fast cars who also love playing them in game form would say "Death Race" was the closest thing to a "Twisted Metal" video game so far and that by watching the racing and car crashing scenes were f-cking real, choreographically well done by professional stunt drivers that didn't use any apparent CGI and if Twisted Metal was done right, it just might work!

Feb 20 - 01:24 PM

ProducerPaul

Paul Barrett

I actually have hopes for John Carter, because the books are great pulp fun, and I like the production design from what I've seen in the trailer. So here's hoping it comes out fresh.

Feb 19 - 03:11 PM

The.Watcher

The Watcher

That's fair, dude. It doesn't look like the type of movie that would interest me simply for its almost complete reliance on CGI, to which I think I've developed a burning hatred, but that doesn't make it a bad film in itself. I also hold out hope for it to be fresh and well-received - more good movies coming out is always preferable to more bad ones.

Feb 19 - 04:44 PM

ProducerPaul

Paul Barrett

I completely understand about the CG aspect, but let's face it, movies like John Carter would be almost impossible without CGI. Personally I like the films that use models and enhance with CGI, but I know how painstaking and intensive that can be.

Feb 20 - 08:49 AM

The.Watcher

The Watcher

Yeah, I completely agree that it wouldn't be feasible to do a movie like JC in practical. It doesn't change the fact that I have no interest in watching it, however.

Feb 20 - 11:09 AM

scifimark

scifi mark

I actually like good cgi in movies since its my field. The problem is there is so much bad cgi in films it gives the industry a bad rap. Also when sets are done in cgi it gives a movie a fake look to it.

That being said john carter just looks like a processed movie and not worth seing.

Feb 20 - 11:39 AM

Justin Slick

Justin Slick

Oh look, another asshole who thinks good CG is somehow easier to create than the practical effects of old. Call me when you've got half an inkling what kind of skill goes into a single frame of a movie like JC.

Feb 19 - 10:38 PM

The.Watcher

The Watcher

I don't think it's easier, I'm sure it takes a lot of time with a lot of hard work done by animators. Having said that, I have absolutely no interest in watching a real person prance around a green screen while interacting with cartoon aliens. If you like it, more power to you, but I don't see how I'm an asshole for expecting my live-action movies to be actual, LIVE-ACTION MOVIES.

And furthermore, where did I say that I thought CGI was easier/harder than practical? Where did I even mention practical?

CGI, when used sparingly and strictly to enhance a scene, is fine. I really enjoyed the new Apes movie, for example. The difference being, of course, that everything around Caesar was real (the scenery, the backgrounds, etc), but when a movie uses CG to draw almost everything around the 1 or 2 real actors, that's where I think it crosses the line. Like I said, if you enjoy watching real actors surrounded by nothing, good for you. I do not.

Feb 20 - 12:18 AM

ProducerPaul

Paul Barrett

Ah, as per my comment above, I see we agree on this, Watcher. Right now, it's hard to tell how much of JC is pure greenscreen and how much is sets and/or locations. I imagine it's a lot of greenscreen, simply because it needs to be to make the locations look like they need to. But here's hoping there's some blending. As long as the story and action are good, I'm fine with it.

Feb 20 - 08:54 AM

clokverkorange

Damien Lavizzo

I honestly don't care how much work goes into a CGI scene in the same way that I don't care how much effort and time goes into an actor's performance. I watch the movie without thinking about the "meta" aspects of it. That is, I watch the film and judge it based on how entertaining it is...and bad CGI or overdone CGI is just never entertaining. If a bad scene takes weeks to model, rig, and animate, and even longer to render, and comes out poor and unentertaining....well, less reason to go to CGI next time, I would imagine. Hollywood tends not to think like that, however, and thinks that if a movie isn't successful it's because it didn't have ENOUGH CGI.

Examples of good CGI - Harry Potter. Any of them. Pick one. Throw a dart, you'll hit good CGI. Also, much of the Star Wars prequel series, especially any scenes on Kamino and Mustafar.
Example of bad CGI - The "re-envisioned" Star Wars original trilogy. It's plainly obvious when a new model for something has been inserted...and they look worse and less detailed than the original, hand-crafted miniatures. Also, just about everything on the Sci-Fi Channel. Good acting, bad effects. Last but not least, the scene in Matrix Reloaded with Neo against all the different Agent Smiths. It's mind-boggling how that made it out of the editing room.

Tongue in cheek CGI award goes to Nightmare Before Christmas ^_^;;

Feb 28 - 04:11 AM

Morgan Work

Morgan Work

Burrough's original John Carter series basically laid the blueprint down for any sci-fi screen adaptation made in the last 100 years.(Forbidden Planet,Star Wars,Serenity,Avatar, u name it...) Andrew Stanton directing his 1st live action is also exciting, so to count this as "just another cartoon live action people" is a little short sighted.

Feb 21 - 09:37 AM

Alberto D

Alberto D

It's really sad that John Carter is going to be a huge fail on the Box Office. They spend too much money on it so it's obvious that there won't be a sequel after the movie comes out. They only have two weeks to gain all that money back because The Hunger Games comes out on March 23rd and it will be likely that it's going to be the top movie at that time

Feb 17 - 06:26 PM

Jimmy G.

Jimmy Gee

When I first heard people talking about John Carter I was like "okay, not familiar with it but sounds promising." Then I saw the first trailer and thought it looked horrible--didn't like the effects. I love movies but honestly even the big budget effects and such still aren't drawing my interest. It smells a lot like another "prince of persia" type deal--sounded great until the finished product arrived. I think it will bomb. And by bomb, I mean fall far short of its budget.

Feb 20 - 12:48 PM

Janson Jinnistan

Janson Jinnistan

Andrew Stanton's involvement with "John Carter" automatically makes it more interesting than the typical Conan-10000 BC-Immortals CGI muscle-fests.

Perhaps someone can explain to me why, in 2011, SNOW WHITE (of all fair maidens) has managed to capture the imaginations of...well, we don't know how many people will turn out yet, so let's say the imaginations of cheap-ass executives? Now she finds herself in China (insert joke about shorties) directed by Zen master Michael Gracey who enchanted us all with the visual-effects spectacular "Ned Kelly".

I think "Switch" has potential, if it sticks to the Leonard material.

Since it was mentioned, man, wasn't "The River" a horrible endeavor? Awful, awful acting. I feel bad for calling the "Walking Dead" cast over-the-top. Maybe the worst thing to ever carry Spielberg's name. Can "Chernobyl Diaries" be better than that? Short bar. And didn't "Darkest Hour" bomb? Does anyone care about the horrors of Russian tourism? Like me, I think most people assume these vacationers have it coming. Released in time for Memorial Day, so we can all remember why they lost in the first place.

It's been 12 years since Gilliam's "La Mancha" fell apart, but no such luck sabotaging the set of "Zorro Beyond".

All I can take away from the news about the "Legend" 'follow-up' is that "Grace of Monaco" is probably going to suck. Any hack who could try to polish that turd probably has no business writing about Grace Kelly. Disrespect to Hitchcock on multiple fronts.

Feb 17 - 06:42 PM

Myron

Myron Kinsey

What is happening to the world of movies (or should I say Hollywood) when there is more rotten developments than fresh, its very depressing mainly because I love film so much. Which brings me to my next point of discussion[ranting]:Remakes/reboots. I see they are gonna remake another Hitchcock film yeah that will turn out well (Psycho remake anyone?). Now I would like to present to you a list of films that will be remade in the next 5-10 years (face it, you know it is gonna happen):
1.A Clockwork Orange
2.Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia (they have already remade two Peckinpah films [Straw Dogs and the upcoming The Wild Bunch] so this is inevitable)
3.High Noon
4.The Graduate
5.The Birds
6.The Shining
7.Suspira
8.Chinatown (Thats right, fucking Chinatown)
9.Notorious (starring Christoph Waltz as Nazi war criminal Alexander Sebastian)
10.Deliverance
As you may well know I don't have any sources to support my claims but, come on, you know its gonna happen, you know it.

Feb 17 - 07:05 PM

Myron

Myron Kinsey

Oh and other films that I forgot to list are: Terry Gilliam's Brazil, Le Samurai, E.T, and Taxi Driver.

Feb 17 - 07:08 PM

ap sirius

karl anderson

Remakes seem to be the name of the game now...I feel your pain....I have to say though even some great movies were remakes, like Scarface, The Thing and The Fly, so there is always hope. I think The Shining was remade a couple of yrs ago into a made for tv movie. Wasnt too bad for a television movie...

Feb 18 - 10:53 AM

Kate Avery

Kate Avery

High Noon was already remade, albeit made-for-tv. I think Tom Skerritt starred. I remember thinking how pointless it was because the network could have saved time/money and just aired the original.

Feb 18 - 05:20 PM

Gordon Franklin Terry Sr

Gordon Terry

Deliverance The Remake: Two Gay couples go into (Penetrate) the Big City (The Urban Jungle) and one of them is raped by a couple of girls. It would be a mirror opposite of Deliverance where four guys penetrate The Wilderness and one is raped by a gay mountain-man; actually The Mountain Man (Bill Mckinney) must have been into bestiality because he dehumanizes Bobby into a Hog and then a Sow before he rapes him. Sometimes rapists must induce themselves into believing their victim is someone or something lesser . . . like The Nazis viewed The Jews not as people but as Rats; its so much easier to kill a rat than it is a human--if the Jews were seen as humans then it would have been much harder psychologically to exterminate as many as the Nazis were successful in doing.

Feb 18 - 05:26 PM

Myron

Myron Kinsey

Oh and other films that I forgot to list are: Terry Gilliam's Brazil, Le Samurai, E.T, and Taxi Driver.

Feb 17 - 07:08 PM

ap sirius

karl anderson

Remakes seem to be the name of the game now...I feel your pain....I have to say though even some great movies were remakes, like Scarface, The Thing and The Fly, so there is always hope. I think The Shining was remade a couple of yrs ago into a made for tv movie. Wasnt too bad for a television movie...

Feb 18 - 10:53 AM

TheAnimatorRator

Megan Gierasch

What? Seriously? John Carter looks like shit and everyone knows it. And why in the name of everything sacred to cinema is every single idea rotten this week? No really even the "fresh development" doesn't count. Come on.

Feb 17 - 07:36 PM

The.Watcher

The Watcher

Glad I'm not the only one who thinks so.

Feb 18 - 02:17 PM

Lenny M.

Lenny Monroe

John Carter looks like shit. now that's 3 of us

Feb 19 - 08:09 PM

ProducerPaul

Paul Barrett

I will respectfully disagree. I happed to think John Carter looks pretty good. And from what I've seen so far, very true to the books. Time will tell.

Feb 19 - 03:14 PM

Dave J

Dave J

It depends since the success of "The Lord Of The Rings" movies, every studio right now is trying to capitalize on the CGI monster thing but the thing is that by selling it as a no brainer action flick, people such as myself won't be interested in it unless the film itself has an involving story or an interesting theme that can motivate people to check out the book as well just like what Jackson did to Tolken, book sales went up as a result!

Feb 20 - 01:30 PM

clokverkorange

Damien Lavizzo

True to the books?

Firstly, there's no way a film made in this country could be true to A Princess of Mars, simply because we prudishly have to clothe everything. Even our anthropomorphic creatures have to wear pants, shirts, and jackets to be respectable. Seeing as how Burroughs was very clear across the entire series that Martians have no concept of clothing (to the extent that it's even a plot point in a few of the books) I'm not seeing the faithfulness here. They slapped some neo-greco-habadashery on the Red Barsoomians, and called it a day. Also, unless they're changing something before the film launches, Dejah Thoris is supposed to be red. RED red, not a blue-eyed white woman with a tan. It's one of the key plot points of the entire series, red versus green...with other colors showing up as the series progresses.

Then again, fans of the original Burroughs series are not the people Disney is targeting with this film, so more power to them, I suppose. From what I've seen so far, though, I would honestly just rather go re-read the books.

Feb 28 - 04:23 PM

Cinema-Maniac

Caesar Mendez

I feel the same the way, Alfred Hitchcock remakes always end in disaster and they should leave Hitchcock movies alone.

Feb 17 - 07:36 PM

Janson Jinnistan

Janson Jinnistan

At least when DePalma was remaking Hitchcock, he had the good taste to pretend he was being original.

Feb 18 - 12:52 PM

Sean D.

Sean D

YES! There is only one person that can do Alfred Hitchcock: Alfred Hitchcock.
...
Well, "Diabolique" was really, REALLY good. But other than that, it's damn hard to do.

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Feb 24 - 04:52 PM

Jean P.

Jean Peters

Quote--"And didn't "Darkest Hour" bomb?"

It cost $30 million to make and it's made $64 million worldwide, pre-DVD release. Fear the sequel.

Feb 17 - 07:49 PM

Janson Jinnistan

Janson Jinnistan

Yeah, that's my quote. So you think those are muscular numbers, do you? When I think of soft muscle, I think of...well, let's try a comparison. Say, Taylor Lautner's "Abduction". Slightly higher budget of 35 million. Slightly higher domestic take of 28 million (to "Darkest Hour"s 21 million) and somewhat higher global take of 82 million. Do you honestly see a sequel there? Not saying you're wrong, Lautner's tonsils are tenacious. But it won't make it any more sad and useless.

Feb 17 - 10:10 PM

Corr

Alexander Sciury

But here's the problem with that. The theaters keep around half of what a movie makes. 64 million divided in half is 32 million. Then take away 30 million for the budget and your left with a measly 2 million dollars. I understand that they'll make money on DVD sales, but DVD sales alone can't save a movie from being a disaster at the box office.

Feb 18 - 01:09 PM

Manuel G.

Manuel Granados

I just read in deadline, yesterday I think, that the reception for John Carter (since they removed the "from Mars" tag) was negative amongst all female viewers of the screening and that something like 7 out of 10 male viewers thought the CGI was bad, the plot worse and the acting horrendous. Surprised that after such negative reactions it will get a sequel even before it's released. I'm betting it will end up like Green Lantern if it's as bad as they say.

There's no reason whatsoever to make an I am Legend sequel, prequel, alternate story. The movie flat out sucked, if they plan to do anything with it, they should just reboot it and stick more to the book and leave the awesome ending as it really is, and not the crap that the Will Smith movie had for an ending.

Feb 17 - 08:28 PM

Manuel G.

Manuel Granados

I generally try not to expect much of movies made out of books, I expect butchery at its finest sometimes. But I do hate when they basically change the whole idea of the book like they did with I am Legend. The "monsters" are always the bad guys and Will Smith never has a moment to look back at his life and reflect upon the fact that he's been hunting them and killing them as if they had never been human. They are always evil and he's always a guy trying to do the right thing. How that crap movie got a fresh is beyond me.

Feb 17 - 08:36 PM

The.Watcher

The Watcher

Well, to be fair, I am Legend, if taken at face value with no thoughts of its alleged source material (cos let's face it: swap the names and there's almost no resemblance to the book), is not a terrible movie. It's not a good movie, but it's serviceable. A 6.3/10 is not beyond the realm of possibility.

As an adaptation, though, it's a fucking travesty along the lines of LXG.

Feb 17 - 11:51 PM

Mohammed Sadah

Mohammed Sadah

This week's rotten ideas are extra rotten!

Feb 17 - 08:50 PM

IrreducibleKoan

Sean Pak

To be fair, Suspicion is probably the one Hitchcock film that could use a skillful remake, mostly because the studio forced the ending to be changed. Still, it needs to be a very talented director, and both Cary Grant and Joan Fontaine are huge boots to fill. I can't see anybody today matching those two (for Grant's character I can only think of Michael Fassbender because of his work in Fish Tank). So while it's a better idea than remaking, say, Psycho, it will be tough.

Feb 17 - 09:24 PM

IrreducibleKoan

Sean Pak

Also, I guess I'm the only one here looking forward to John Carter. With Stanton at the helm, it can't be terrible. And the article was right in saying the second book is where things really pick up. If they make a decent first film, I'm almost sure part two will be awesome.

Feb 17 - 09:29 PM

Justin Slick

Justin Slick

There's just no way an Andrew Stanton film is going to be bad. I'm not saying it's gonna be the greatest film of all time, but there's no way this is a bad movie.

Feb 19 - 10:46 PM

IrreducibleKoan

Sean Pak

Also, I guess I'm the only one here looking forward to John Carter. With Stanton at the helm, it can't be terrible. And the article was right in saying the second book is where things really pick up. If they make a decent first film, I'm almost sure part two will be awesome.

Feb 17 - 09:29 PM

Justin Slick

Justin Slick

There's just no way an Andrew Stanton film is going to be bad. I'm not saying it's gonna be the greatest film of all time, but there's no way this is a bad movie.

Feb 19 - 10:46 PM

Janson Jinnistan

Janson Jinnistan

Yeah, that's my quote. So you think those are muscular numbers, do you? When I think of soft muscle, I think of...well, let's try a comparison. Say, Taylor Lautner's "Abduction". Slightly higher budget of 35 million. Slightly higher domestic take of 28 million (to "Darkest Hour"s 21 million) and somewhat higher global take of 82 million. Do you honestly see a sequel there? Not saying you're wrong, Lautner's tonsils are tenacious. But it won't make it any more sad and useless.

Feb 17 - 10:10 PM

Ken

Kenneth W.

#4: "like "Death Race but with clown masks."" The damndest thing is that, technically, they already made a movie out of this. There was a lousy Aslyum movie (is there any other kind?) starring the Insane Clown Posse that ripped off "Death Race". Then again, Asylum stuff doesn't count as movies, so I guess that's moot. Amusing factoid, though.

Feb 17 - 10:11 PM

King  S.

King Simba

Given the terrible tracking for John Carter, it looks like Disney will be glad to forget they ever gave 250 mil to this project, much less consider a sequel. And no this is not coming from a hater, in fact I'm actually eagerly anticapating the film (if it's half as good as Andrew Stanton's last film it'll be one of the best films of the year) but for such a massive film to be recieving such little attention so close to the release date is a terrible sign.

8 rotten developments? That's got to be a record. When I first saw the number I though "maybe rottentomatoes is just being a little harsh" but after reading them....nope, each is more rotten than the next (though I wouldn't call the I Am Legend the worst development of the week)

Feb 17 - 11:38 PM

King  S.

King Simba

I believe there was an animated series featuring Zoro in the future. Maybe that's what they're planning to use that as the basis for this movie. I haven't seen the series, but I remember from the commercials that he wielded a sort of lightsaber while he wore a holographic mask and rode a mechanical glider - yep it sounds as bad as that Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Fast Forward spinoff.

Feb 17 - 11:44 PM

The.Watcher

The Watcher

Wow, that's... actually something I really want to see. Jedi Zorro. You know what? I hope the movie gets made, I really do. I would pay to see that movie.

Feb 17 - 11:49 PM

The.Watcher

The Watcher

Wow, that's... actually something I really want to see. Jedi Zorro. You know what? I hope the movie gets made, I really do. I would pay to see that movie.

Feb 17 - 11:49 PM

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