ALF was a sci-fi comedy series starring a puppet alien named ALF (Alien Life Form) that premiered in 1986. For years people have referenced the show, used the title character as an easter egg, and its become a strange icon of pop culture. There’s an emphasis on strange because a lot of people know of it, but few really know what it is. Surely this writer didn’t.
This week, Warner Brothers Television announced a reboot of the series. The new ALF is currently in development. It’s been discussed that the new ALF might follow the alien leaving Area 51 (where fans last left him) and interacting with the new world around him.
In an age of endless remakes and reboots, all the oldies but goodies are being revived. Either on the big screen, or on the small screen, we are now once again seeing classics being repackaged and submitted for consumption by the masses. One classic sci-fi/horror film that has been long rumored to go down this route is Tremors. In the original, killer sandworms stalked the residents of Perfection, Nevada. The films had the right blend of comedy and horror and as a result, we got four direct-to-video sequels.
Historically, films based on video games have been unsuccessful. For some reason, Hollywood has been unable to crack the code. A video game that has made hundreds of millions of dollars, might not do so well in their film adaptation (see: just about every video game adaptation in the movies). However, one franchise that has proven to be the exception to the rule has been the Resident Evil franchise. Although the films have taken a dramatic turn away from the video games, they are considered certified hits, generating more than $1.233 Billion at the box office through their 6 movies. Although the last film, Resident Evil: The Final Chapter was the last of that film series (hence the word “final”), Hollywood is not done with this series.
We recently announced that the director of John Wick 2 was chosen by Lionsgate to direct the upcoming Highlander reboot and yesterday, he finally came out and talked about the project. This is big news for a franchise that has suffered from poor sequels and development hell for the reboot. Now that John Wick 2 is out in theaters, director Chad Stahelski (John Wick and John Wick: Chapter 2) can refocus on the project and bring the immortals back to the big screen.
Way back in in 1997, Paul Verhoeven adapted Robert A. Heinlein’s classic novel Starship Troopers into a cult classic film of the same name (depending on your point of view). The campy sci-fi film detailed the war between the Terran Federation of Earth and the Arachnids of Klendathu. Starring actors as Casper Van Dien, Denise Richards, Clancy Brown, and even Neil Patrick Harris. The film was a bit of campy fun showing the soldiers as they go from enlisting due to a surprise attack by the bugs, through boot camp, to their war with the arachnids. Starship Troopers went on to make $120 million in the box office and thanks to home video has gained a cult following.
You all know where we are headed with this!
To quote the Book of Pythia, “All this has happened before, and all this will happen again.”
In a world where films have endured countless remakes and reboots, so much television. This television season year we are already getting Lethal Weapon, MacGyver, Training Day, and The Exorcist reboots. And we still have reboots coming for The Lost Boys, Varsity Blues, The Departed, and Let The Right One In planned on coming to TV soon enough. With everyone’s nostalgia trapped in the past, it only a matter of time before all the greats get a polished update.
There’s been so much criticism of the new Ghostbusters movie, some of it justified and some of it not-so justified, but for those in the former category, the refrain has been let’s wait and see what the finished film looks like before casting final judgement. Well, one person has seen the movie, and they are casting a positive judgment saying that the movies is great, “brilliant” even! Of course, the person saying that is Dan Aykroyd, the co-star and co-screenwriter of the other Ghostbusters films. In his completely unbiased point of view (because he has absolutely no stake in the film’s success at all) you’re gonna love Paul Feig‘s movie! (more…)
If we were being kind, we would say that the first trailer for the rebooted Ghostbusters was met with mixed results. If we were being less kind, we would say that it didn’t sell a lot of people on the idea, and that a certain subset of critics were driven to the brink of insanity about it, downvoting the trailer on YouTube because girls can’t be Ghostbusters apparently. Maybe that’s why Sony chose to release the new trailer on Facebook instead. Indeed a second trailer has been posted this morning, and if you had legitimate criticisms of that first look at the film, this new trailer will likely not make a new case to get excited about it. (more…)
Ever since the moment that Ghostbusters was announced, the hate’s been piling up for director Paul Feig and the members of its cast. Between those that think the original 1984 movie is sacrosanct, those that don’t like the look of the film from one trailer, and those in an uproar that four female comics are the center of this thing, it seems like everyone’s mad about Ghostbusters, and now Feig is mad too! Not made about the film, just mad at those critiquing him and a project they’ve only seen two minutes of so far. And he’s using some pretty harsh language to make his point. (more…)
So if you grew up with the original Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers, prepare to have your mind blown in either a good or really bad way. The modern remake/reboot of the, can we say, classic Fox Kids‘ action show, Power Rangers, is presently shooting with an all-new group of fresh-faced youth chosen to be the protectors of the Earth with their martial arts skills and giant robots against the threat of Rita Repulsa. Enter the big Hollywood actress, Elizabeth Banks, who will be carrying Rita’s staff, but not be filling Rita’s traditional grey wig with massive pigtails. Nope, Banks’ Rita has gotten a significant makeover. (more…)