Hollywood remakes everything

Joel Silver To Produce ‘Weird Science’ Remake


As not only a child of the 1980s, but a lifelong resident on the Greater Chicagoland Area, John Hughes films – prior to Home Alone, anyway – are sacrosanct to me (the mere rumor of a Breakfast Club remake had me in a foaming nerd rage).

Anyhoo, it seems now that Joel Silver and Silver Pictures, who worked on the original Hughes film with Universal, will be producing a remake of 1986’s Weird Science: Probably my favorite Hughes film, Weird Science added homages to classic horror and sci-fi to the Hughesian universe of awkward, Suburban Chicago adolescents and their journeys of self-discovery. Two Nerds (Anthony Michael Hall, Ilan Mitchell-Smith) – of the 1980s cinematic species – use their computer to create the perfect woman (Kelly LeBrock)…because this is the ’80s, and only rich kids and uber-nerds had computers – so who knows? Maybe they CAN spontaneously create sentient life out of the void. In 1986, computers were still practically Voodoo to about 99% of the population, and filmmakers had a lot of fun exploiting this fact.

Oh, and the film featured Robert Downey Jr. with a bra on his head soiling himself – how can you beat that?

But I digress. According to Deadline, this new Weird Science will distinguish itself by being “raunchier” and “edgier” than the original, in the manner of comedies like The Hangover. Personally, I’m not sure how well that’s gonna play: A big part of the original’s charm was you had a plot that sounded for all the world like softcore porn, but instead you got a smart, charming and funny comedy. To make a story like this ACTUALLY raunchy kinda misses the point.

Anyway, at least the script’s being done by a writer with experience “modernizing” ’80s properties: Michael Bacall, who penned the recent 21 Jump Street re-imagining (which I’ve heard is actually pretty funny).

I’ll reserve further judgment until I see who they get to direct and star in this thing.

Source: Deadline

Logan’s Run Remake Renewed?

logans_runBecause Hollywood likes nothing better than raping its own film vaults for movie ideas, we are a step closer to seeing a remake of Logan’s Run. Actually, this remake has been off and on for years now, with directors being attached to and then detached from the project.

Now director Carl Erik Rinsch is on board. Rinsch is also helming the remake of “Creature From the Black Lagoon,” so it could be interesting to see how he handles remakes of both 1950s horror and 1970s sci-fi.

The original Logan’s Run, based on a novel by William F. Nolan and George Clayton Johnson, was released in 1976 and takes place in the future–2274, to be precise. At some point before the movie, there was a terrible disaster that forced the survivors of mankind to kick it biodome-style in Washington, D.C. In a clear case of taking the old adage, “Never trust anyone over 30,” the law states that when you turn 30, you get capped. And to keep you from lying about your age, at birth everyone is implanted with a little jewel-like nub in their palms. The Lifeclock, as it’s called, changes color as the person ages.

Those who don’t want to willingly take a dirt nap are called Runners, who are hunted down and terminated by the Sandmen. Logan is one of them. Anyhow, it’s a real uplifting flick.

Who knows if this will actually make it to the screen this time?

(via GeekTyrant)

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