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Title: Really Bad Trend About to Start
Post by: BEERxTaco on June 03, 2009, 07:50:27 AM
'Valley Girl' redux set
Jason Moore signs on to direct
By Jay A. Fernandez


June 2, 2009, 11:00 PM ET
"Shrek: The Musical" director Jason Moore has signed to helm MGM's re-imagining of "Valley Girl" as a musical feature. Amy Talkington's updated screenplay spurred studio head Mary Parent and the first-time filmmaker to move on it quickly.

Idealogy's Sean Bailey and Matt Smith, who are producing, pitched MGM last summer on their fresh approach to revamping the 1983 cult comedy, which starred Nicolas Cage and Deborah Foreman in a romance that bridged the '80s punk scene and suburban San Fernando Valley culture. MGM exec Becky Sloviter is shepherding the project for the studio.

"Valley Girl" has been recast as a "Romeo and Juliet"-inspired musical built around the movie's new wave soundtrack (think Modern English, Sparks and the Psychedelic Furs). Martha Coolidge directed the original script written and produced by Wayne Crawford and Andrew Lane.

The '80s archeology is part of MGM's strategy to repackage classic catalog titles for new audiences in novel ways. The first product of this effort, "Fame," dances into theaters Sept. 25. "Red Dawn," "RoboCop," "Poltergeist" and "Dirty Rotten Scoundrels" are in development there.

The UTA-repped Moore has directed episodes of "One Tree Hill," "Everwood" and "Brothers & Sisters." He directed the $24 million Broadway production of "Shrek: The Musical," which is nominated for eight Tony Awards including best musical and won the 2009 Drama Desk Award for outstanding musical.

He also has directed "Steel Magnolias" and "Avenue Q" on Broadway. "Valley Girl" will be his feature debut.

Talkington, who is repped by UTA and the Arlook Group, was a music writer before becoming a filmmaker. She wrote and directed the indie comedy "The Night of the White Pants" and adapted "The Devil in the Junior League" for Fox 2000.


Wimmer to write 'Recall' remake
'Salt' writer takes on redo of 1990 Schwarzenegger film
By MICHAEL FLEMING


Columbia Pictures has set Kurt Wimmer to write "Total Recall," the remake of the 1990 sci-fi pic that starred Arnold Schwarzenegger.
Wimmer has been working with the studio on "Salt," the Phillip Noyce-directed espionage thriller starring Angelina Jolie. Wimmer wrote the story for that film and shares screen credit with Brian Helgeland.

Wimmer also co-wrote the F. Gary Gray-directed "Law Abiding Citizen," which stars Jamie Foxx and Gerard Butler, for the Film Department.

"Total Recall" was resurrected for remake earlier this year by the studio and producer Neal Moritz and his Original Films banner. Pic will be a contemporized adaptation of the science fiction saga based on the Philip K. Dick story "We Can Remember It for You Wholesale."

Columbia secured remake rights from Miramax, which has the option to co-finance the film when it is ready to shoot.

Title: Re: Really Bad Trend About to Start
Post by: ManUnderMask on June 03, 2009, 08:20:58 AM
About to start? Where have you been? It's already started!
Title: Re: Really Bad Trend About to Start
Post by: BEERxTaco on June 03, 2009, 08:24:27 AM
I meant these particular films, coming en masse. You're right thtough, I didn't put enough thought into my topic subject.
Title: Re: Really Bad Trend About to Start
Post by: MSTJedi on June 03, 2009, 08:24:58 AM
Yep . . . can't find new things to make movies about, like books and plays. Nope, they've gone to just updating other movies . . . that aren't that old to begin with. Or maybe I'm just old thinking these movies aren't old enough to be remade.
Title: Re: Really Bad Trend About to Start
Post by: ManUnderMask on June 03, 2009, 08:26:38 AM
I meant these particular films, coming en masse.

Oh. Okay.

I'm not really surprised that remakes are going to be machine gunned at us though seeing as how most movie studios are doing remakes instead of new movies. It was only a matter of time.

Still, Robocop could be good.
Title: Re: Really Bad Trend About to Start
Post by: BEERxTaco on June 03, 2009, 08:46:06 AM
I actually don't mind the remakes, I'm always up for a look just to see what they can do. So often it winds up being a big ball of fail, but I just love movies. As long as they don't take away the originals, I don't really care.

A few weeks ago my wife and I watched all three four versions of Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956, 1978, 1996's Body Snatchers and 2007's The Invasion), and it was a blast!
Title: Re: Really Bad Trend About to Start
Post by: Courtney on June 03, 2009, 09:07:18 AM
Not a remake, but Winona Ryder mentioned a Heathers sequel in the works.  As it's one of my favorite movies ever, I am only okay with this if it involved Zombie JD.  He could be kind of like Griffin Dunne in American Werewolf.
Title: Re: Really Bad Trend About to Start
Post by: Doctor Who? on June 03, 2009, 09:07:21 AM
If they remake Roadhouse I am firebombing HollyWood.
Title: Re: Really Bad Trend About to Start
Post by: bettertomorrowamy on June 03, 2009, 11:18:05 AM
Not a remake, but Winona Ryder mentioned a Heathers sequel in the works.  As it's one of my favorite movies ever, I am only okay with this if it involved Zombie JD.  He could be kind of like Griffin Dunne in American Werewolf.

I heard that Christian Slater is coming back for that one too.  He's supposed to be some kind of Obi Wan kind of character in the movie since his character died in the first one.
Title: Re: Really Bad Trend About to Start
Post by: Compound on June 03, 2009, 09:57:16 PM
If they remake Roadhouse I am firebombing HollyWood.

Dude.

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2006. That boat already sailed.
Title: Re: Really Bad Trend About to Start
Post by: jd75 on June 04, 2009, 03:01:25 AM
Not a remake, but Winona Ryder mentioned a Heathers sequel in the works.  As it's one of my favorite movies ever, I am only okay with this if it involved Zombie JD.  He could be kind of like Griffin Dunne in American Werewolf.

I heard that Christian Slater is coming back for that one too.  He's supposed to be some kind of Obi Wan kind of character in the movie since his character died in the first one.

Oh something like a return? Died but return?..... hmmm

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Title: Re: Really Bad Trend About to Start
Post by: ScottotD on June 04, 2009, 05:22:49 AM
Fame is a perfect choice with the whole 'Highschool Musical' craze, I'd really like a remake of Total Recall (maybe they can make the mutants storyline less lame) and Dirty Rotten Scoundrels with Will Ferrell and Russel Brand would be awesome.

I actually don't mind the remakes, I'm always up for a look just to see what they can do. So often it winds up being a big ball of fail, but I just love movies. As long as they don't take away the originals, I don't really care.

I agree totally on your first point but I still can't grasp your second point no matter how many times I hear people say it.

Title: Re: Really Bad Trend About to Start
Post by: mrbasehart on June 04, 2009, 05:37:15 AM
Yeah, I'm still not half as bothered by this as some people.  Remakes are basically cover versions of movies, perhaps putting a different spin on the original and giving us something new.  They don't take away from the original, in fact, they may even call attention to the original, and get more people to take notice of it.  In the case of Valley Girl and Total Recall, I approve!  :)
Title: Re: Really Bad Trend About to Start
Post by: Courtney on June 04, 2009, 07:20:24 AM
I could not stand Valley Girl.  I thought it was dull and suffered from a pretty common 80s non-Hughes teen comedy problem of never having stories properly fleshed out.  So I'm perfectly comfortable with this.  Plus I love Avenue Q.
Title: Re: Really Bad Trend About to Start
Post by: BBQ Platypus on June 04, 2009, 08:24:11 AM
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Title: Re: Really Bad Trend About to Start
Post by: Darth Geek on June 04, 2009, 09:17:22 AM
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Uncle Fester, No!