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Some ideas are just too good to let happen once, like Hamlet or Spider-Man. In 1954, Jack Finney published a science fiction novel called The Body Snatchers, which was about a small town in California that is inundated by “space seeds” that take sleeping humans and replace them with a near exact duplicate. These duplicates are physically near perfect, but on the inside everything is wrong. The metaphor works on so many different levels, which is why Hollywood can never leave well enough alone, and again, The Body Snatchers is about to become a major motion picture again.  (more…)

Following the announcement of a remake of David Cronenberg’s gut-wrenching body-horror ick-fest The Fly, horror fans weren’t exactly abuzz with anticipation. Remakes are generally greeted with all the enthusiasm of a fart in an elevator these days, and after the remake of other squelchy 80’s horror mainstay The Thing was as bland as an oatmeal stain on a grey tie, people aren’t holding out much hope for this one. Slated by FOX to direct is J.D. Dillard alongside scriptwriter Alex Theurer, the team behind recent fantasy drama Sleight. In an effort to allay the cynicism, Dillard recently gave an interview talking about his ideas on how to make remakes work. (more…)

Sure, the Joe Johnston-directed Jumanji is more than 20 years old, but it still holds a special place in the hearts of fans, which is why the remake, despite the presence of Dwayne Johnson, has so many people asking, “What’s the point?”  The point, it seems, is to change up everything you think you know about Jumanji. At CinemaCon this week, a long standing rumour about the project has been confirmed: in this Jumanji, the characters get sucked into a  video game.  (more…)

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Here’s one of those remake projects like The Crow that has been on the books for some time, suffering the departure of one creator after the other as studio heads hope that name recognition of an established I.P. means beaucoup bucks at the box office. So here we go again with Escape from New York, pretty much the biggest title from John Carpenter‘s catalogue that has still yet to become a remade. Well don’t worry, somebody’s getting around to it, but you might not like what they’re planning. If you’re thinking that Hollywood can still screw up a sure thing, in the case of Escape from New York, you might be right. Spoilers ahead (possibly).  (more…)

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Somewhere between The Lion King and Chicken Little, Disney Animation decided it was going to get more multicultural. There was Pocahontas which featured Native Americans, The Hunchback of Notre Dame where the love interest was Romani, and there was Mulan which was an adaptation of a Chinese legend. Which one of these things is about to get a live-action remake? Well, if you read the headline for this article, then you know it’s Mulan, and Disney is putting it on the fast track to join its ever growing menagerie of live-action remakes of classic Disney films. (more…)

Fox’s ‘Rocky Horror’ Remake Gets a Trailer!

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Who would have imagined that 41 years after the biggest cult classic debuted, there would indeed be a made-for-tv remake of said beloved classic? That’s right, we’re talking about The Rocky Horror Picture Show, and yes, Fox picked it up. Kenny Ortega, director of High School Musical, will be directing this take on the classic 1973 film, which was firstly adapted from the Broadway show of the same name. Just when you thought Rocky Horror was a sacred cinema cow that couldn’t be touched, along comes this new trailer for the Fox production that asks, Could you be wrong? (more…)

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Kids love remakes, right? That seems to be one of the prevailing philosophies of modern Hollywood movie-making lately, but here’s a riddle for you: When is a remake not a remake? Apparently in the case of Jumanji, the new version – not reboot – of the 1995 Joe Johnston film. We know that the film will star the Central Intelligence duo of Dwayne Johnson and Kevin Hart, but Johnson wants you to know that when you see the film, he will most assuredly not be playing the character played by Robin Williams in the original. On top of that, Johnson promised that he and the production will make something that honors the late actor too. (more…)

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When you’ve heard the name “John Carpenter” in the last several years, it’s been far more likely it’s in regard to someone remaking one of his movies, than about Carpenter making something of his own. Several of Carpenter’s titles – Halloween, The Thing, Escape from New York, The Fog, Assault on Precinct 13, They Live – have either been remade, or they are presently optioned with the intention of being remade. Well, you can add Starman to that list now. The good news is that a major Hollywood director has his eyes on the property; the bad news is that the filmmaker to whom those eyes belong to is Shawn Levy. (more…)

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You know the classic bridge to the guilty pleasure chorus of most seasoned nerds’ childhood: power and the force like you’ve never seen before, ability to morph to even up the score, no one can ever take them down (arguably) but if they do, they have their modular mech suits to save the day! The announcement of the newest Power Rangers team roster did tug at a lot of heartstrings in that certain nostalgic way, but the recent details about their newest transformations sound kind of…adventurous.

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Gather round, FPS youngsters. Shooter grognards, put away your DOOM Bibles! I shall tell you of DOOM, the id Software title that changed gaming forever. In the bygone year of 1993, John Romero and his nerd-cabal created the first one-man hell invasion simulator and it was a thing of red and sticky glory, that left behind a legacy that lasts until today, with a ridonculous amounts of fan-made mods. Now, it returns for the new generation and it looks…

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