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Remakes

Every avid gamer has dreamed at least once of a world where their favorite games were a reality. Whether that meant speeding through the futuristic world of Tron on a light cycle or blasting away the demonic characters of Doom as a space marine on Mars, this dream is what truly set the modern era of gamers apart and what makes the future of gaming and AR so enticing. However, for Alex Rogan, the main character of the cult classic, The Last Starfighter, a beat up space arcade game in the center of his mobile home community gave him just that and, in turn, a unique and highly devoted fan base was formed.  (more…)

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There is hardly anything more frightening than clowns (except for maybe spiders and anything starring Fran Drescher). No clown is perhaps as scary as Tim Curry‘s Pennywise from the television adaptation of Stephen King’s novel It. I mean really, you got two of the most bizarrely frighteningly entities in one horribly combined form – Tim Curry and Clowns. You don’t get any creepier than that. Oi, just picturing Curry’s Pennywise say “Don’t you want a balloon? When you’re down here with me, Georgie – you float too!” sends shivers down my spine.

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So now, take that enduring image of Tim Curry’s Pennywise and replace him with that awkward gawky kid from We’re The Millers. Say what? (more…)

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Found filed under LET’S DO THIS, comes news of Double C tackling the 2 G’s! Can we be honest here? When you’re named after a famous explorer, life expects you to be super ambitious. That’s Chris Columbus‘ burden in life: to get awesome things done. What’s he doing awesome these days? Oh just working on two movies that absolutely need to get made: Gremlins and Goonies sequels. (more…)

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Horror remakes aren’t new new by any means. Between Screen Gems’ beat-for-beat “reboots” and Platinum Dunes’ gritty “re-imaginings”, the past ten years have seen nearly every marquee title and horror icon reinvented by modern producers and directors. Getting in on the decade old fad is WWE Studios, who have cast their tiniest superstar*, Dylan “Hornswoggle” Postl, as the titular keeper of Lucky Charms in Leprechaun: Origins. (more…)

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In today’s news that is sure to make you do a double take, MGM and Warner Bros. revealed Roland Emmerich will direct a remake of his own 1994 film Stargate. Yeah, you read that right, the director of the original Stargate movie… IS REMAKING HIS OWN MOVIE! As if that’s not shocking enough, Emmerich is also planned to shoot Independence Day 2 and Independence Day 3 back to back. Is this what it feels like to be in The Twilight Zone, ’cause it sure feels like it.  

Jump below for full press release and some of our Nerd Bastards diatribe that we know you love so much.  (more…)

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Apparently there’s breaking casting news from the set of the planned Point Break remake (I know: Half of you are saying “What?”, while the rest are asking yourselves “Why?”).

So I’ll back up a little: Yes–a remake of 1991’s action-packed cheesefest starring Patrick Swayze, Keanu Reeves, and Gary Busey is indeed a thing, and is set to begin filming this fall, despite the necessity of recasting one of it’s stars–more after the parachute jump:  (more…)

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Fair warning — Bill Lustig is a personal hero.

The work Lustig has done in the arena of film preservation and presentation with his company Blue Underground (whose output has sadly slowed down to a halt recently) is top tier stuff, bringing us amazing exploitation gems that would otherwise be lost forever. It also helps that he’s made a slew of bonafide classics (fuck that condescending “cult classic” bullshit) such as VigilanteManiacRelentless and, of course, the Maniac Cop films. I got to meet the big man from 42nd Street a few years back (at a 35mm screening of Maniac, after which he gave one of the best Q&As I’ve ever witnessed) and was literally shaking with excitement to get my Vigilante blu-ray signed — to the point that wife actually had to do the talking for me because I was so nervous. That’s just who I am. If Tom Hanks were to start talking to me, I’d play it completely cool. But Bill Lustig? That man’s a goddamn knee-clack-inducing legend.

All of this is a long-winded intro to the news that Maniac Cop (yes, the Larry Cohen/Robert Z’Dar collabo.) is being remade. Now, most people would be mad that one of their heroes’ best films is being redone for a new audience. But when you tell me that Lustig himself is producing, along with modern exploitation auteur Nicolas Winding Refn (DriveOnly God ForgivesValhalla Rising), my eyes light up like stars. Now they’ve added none other than Ed Brubaker (Captain America: the Winter Solider) to script the redux, and I am literally counting the days until I can watch it.

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Say what you will about the Hollywood dusting off and re-polishing old ideas (for cynical economic reasons and what not), but you gotta admit, some interesting things are happening with The Terminator franchise. The sequel/reboot, reportedly titled Terminator: Genesis will be directed Alan Taylor (Thor: The Dark World), so that’s promising.  Arnold Schwarzenegger is expected to reprise his role from the earlier films, and that’s good because, well, Arnold. Actresses Emilia Clarke (Game of Thrones) and Brie Larson (21 Jump Street) are in the mix to play Sarah Connor – the film’s female lead – so that’s head turning. It’s also been reported the film will cross reference some way with the planned TV series. So, yeah, one curious beard stroke after another. Now we have another interesting development.  It looks like the role of John Connor –  the catalyst for the machine/time war – has been cast.

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A new video and pics have come to us today of The Killing star Joel Kinnaman as Officer Alex Murphy in the upcoming Robocop remake. This is the best look we’ve had yet of the new Robocop on set in Vancouver:

 

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article-0-19BFF559000005DC-386_634x711Along with Kinnaman in the title role, Robocop stars Gary Oldman, Samuel L. Jackson, Michael Kenneth Williams, Jennifer Ehle, Jay  Baruchel and Abbie Cornish. It’s due in theatres February 2014.

Source: Comicbookmovie.com

 

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Nobody, I repeat nobody, wants a remake of The Crow. The original 1994 movie starring the late Brandon Lee is a timeless cult classic. It’s a shame that Relativity Media is hell bent on tarnishing Lee’s legacy (he left this world while making it) with this unnecessary rehash. With that said, the recent casting rumors on who might play the lead has turned a few heads.

There was a time when Mark Walhberg and Bradley Cooper were rumored to play murdered musician Eric Draven. Fans, of course, balked at such silly notions. Things then got interesting when James McAvoy was linked to the project. A moment of pause, really. McAvoy was just a whisper in the shadows. Most recently,  some real eye-widening names got dropped. Thor‘s Tom Hiddleston and True Blood’s Alexander Skarsgard were said to be finalists.

To be honest with you, as much as I loath the idea of a Crow remake, I’d be slightly intrigued to see Hiddleston in Crow make-up, acting all crazy and shit. That would be something! Alas, he and Skarsgard were just “in-talks”, with no real amount of negotiations involved. Apparently, all the actors (and bucket full of potential directors) the studio have cycled through, were all meant to keep-up appearances. The real choice for Regency was Luke Evans…. who, according to Deadline, just got the part.

Luke Evans (The Hobbit, Fast and the Furious 6, the upcoming Dracula) has been chosen to play the lead. Reportedly, director F. Javier Gutiérrez wanted Evans from the start, but his schedule was packed. Relativity wants to make the film badly enough that it has pushed back the start to shooting until early 2014 to lock Evans into the gig.

So, yeah, Evans is THE guy. What do you all think about this? I, for one, am not too invested in the remake. Hell, I consider this movie being made an act of treason. Anyway, some would say, Evans is the poor mans Orlando Bloom. Is he right for this role? Can you picture it? I dunno, maybe, however unlikely, the remake could be good. Evans seems a capable actor, and maybe, just maybe, Relativity Media could give us a faithful adaption to the comic book?

What say you fans? Sound off in the comment section below.

Source: Deadline