These days, it seems every old TV show, movie, and book series is getting the Hollywood “let’s throw some CGI at it and make a movie out of it” treatment. It seems especially easy for movie-makers and the studio powers-that-be, because no matter how much fans complain about the “bastardization” of the classic properties that we know and love… people still go see the new stuff. They still toss money at it, which in turn lets said movie-makers make a profit, which validates their decision to remake/reboot an old property, which gives them the gumption to go remake/reboot another old series. It is, quite frankly, a vicious cycle.
One of the side effects, of course, is that new movies “based on the original [insert media type here]!” usually get the “this probably won’t be that great” mentality from the audience. Is that unfair? Tough to say for sure; for every “good” reboot we’re given (the newer Star Trek films, to use a popular example) there seems to be an equal number of, shall we say it politely, “not-so-good” products (who on the good green Earth was asking for a Karate Kid remake, really?!). So, it was with more than a little trepidation that I went to my advance screening of the latest old-product-turned-new movie offering, Goosebumps. While it didn’t exactly blow me away, I was pleasantly surprised and largely entertained, and I suspect kids and twentysomethings that grew up with the books will find even more to enjoy.
So when you first saw theSuper 8Trailer during the Super Bowl did you sit around pondering the idea of “what the fuck was that about?!” with your friends? Cuz’ that what I sure did. I mean we get this scene that looks straight out of Leave it to Beaver of some kid riding his bike then a fucking train crashes out of nowhere. Then suddenly a bunch of people in shock and awe are catapulted at us and we are clueless as to what has happened. Well, thankfully we finally have an explanation as to what is going on in this damn thing! A summary of the plot of J.J. Abrams upcoming film Super 8 has been released stating,
In the summer of 1979, a group of friends in a small Ohio town witness a catastrophic train crash while making a super 8 movie and soon suspect that it was not an accident. Shortly after, unusual disappearances and inexplicable events begin to take place in town, and the local Deputy tries to uncover the truth – something more terrifying than any of them could have imagined.
In addition to having our foggy vision of what’s going in the film cleared up we also found out who will be making up the cast. The list includes Elle Fanning, Kyle Chandler, Ron Eldard, Noah Emmerich, Gabriel Basson, Joel Courtney, Ryan Lee, Zach Mills and Amanda Michalka.
Even though the project is in the hands of a great director and back by the likes of Steven Spielberg the thought still remains that maybe all the secrecy is part of the magic that makes the film so intriguing and that once that’s revealed it may let us down. What do you guys think??