Remake This

Posted in Side Topics at 11:53 am by Stephen

With the success of the Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland (it’s awful by the way), news is that one of the long-in-production remakes of The Wizard of Oz may actually get made. Oh, here’s a twist: one of the ideas is to do a dark, spooky version.

I can’t wait for a whole series of dark and gritty remakes of classic movies. But I think Hollywood isn’t going far enough. So listen up, studio execs, because I have an idea for you: you know that movie Taxi Driver? Yeah, the “You talkin’ to me?” movie. Everyone loves that line. What I’m saying is, let’s remake that one, only this time we’ll make it dark and gritty! Feel free to leave me your e-mail address in a comment, and I’ll tell you where to send my check.


  1. Sam (405) said,

    March 11, 2010 at 12:27 pm

    Hahaha. Yeah, movie publicity is weird. You’d think it would be all about shaping the perception of the movie they’re selling, but as often as not it’s about revising the perception of earlier movies. It’s like how every new Bond girl is a strong woman, unlike all of the earlier Bond girls.

    Oz, by the way, is weird anyway. The 1939 movie is one of the best known and loved movies of all time, so much that it feels like a sacrilege to remake it — kind of like remaking The Third Man or something — but there have been around 80-90 film adaptations of Oz, 13 of which predated the 1939 film. I’m not sure that adding another one for the forgotten pile would be high on my list of films to make.

  2. ThePhan (128) said,

    March 15, 2010 at 1:32 pm

    A recent Cracked.com photoshop contest played with this after Spider-Man 4 was announced to be a gritty reboot. #14 is my favorite.


  3. wintermute (157) said,

    March 18, 2010 at 8:47 am

    Phan: #14 took me a moment, but I think it might be the best one there.

  4. wintermute (157) said,

    March 18, 2010 at 8:48 am

    #5 is a close second, though.

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