15 February, 2007

The blue, blue meanies

And so the rumour mill turns. Richard E. Kelly, the man behind cult classic Donnie Darko, announces he has been "hired by Fox to write a big action film for [FAMOUS DIRECTOR], it is a remake of a film released in 1971..."

What big action film was released in '71? Well "Vanishing Point" for one. (and if you aren't familiar with it you really do need to click here). Fox released a version of "Vanishing Point" in 1997 and we can only presume have some form of rights to the flick.

We all know Barry Newman's Kowalski, was supporting cast - the lead role going to the gorgeous E-body Challenger. Is it too much to hope for a remake that will feature the new Challenger, soon to be made in that bolthole for counter-culture dropouts Canada.

I mean, who could possibly take a car-based cult film and screw it up?


2 Step to the white courtesy phone:

Blogger WhiteBoyBob shout your mess

As you know, and is well documented, I have had a hard-on for the 1970 Dodge Challenger in all it's 440 and 426 forms, whether it be an RT or a T/A Six pack, for many years now buuuut.... I have to say, apart from the lovely Challenger, the original Vanishing Point is a pretty bad movie. No, scratch that, not pretty bad, really, really bad.

It's hard to imagine latter day Hollywood fucking up an already poor movie but somehow I imagine they'll go the extra mile and really piss in its venerable face.

Ahhh, I can't wait.

February 16, 2007 7:24 pm

Blogger Chris shout your mess

I know what you mean - by almost every possible measure the 1974 Gone in 60 Seconds is a terrible movie. Proper embarrassing porn film acting, polyester wigs and flared suits as far as the eye can see.

And then they released the remake starring noted scenery chewer Nicolas Cage. And suddenly the original looked "The Seventh Seal"

February 19, 2007 8:16 am


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