Now here’s a movie that has, for years, been rumored to be in line for a remake but for whatever reason, it’s simply never happened. The good news is that HBO has been working with JJ Abrams to make a pilot for a Westworld TV series, but we’d still like to see it come to the big screen. So what is Westworld, you ask? It was a 1973 science fiction film starring YulBrynner and written and directed by Michael Crichton. It takes place in an incredible amusement park and things go horribly wrong. So yes, there’s a chance Crichton may have gone back to the well on that idea when writing Jurassic Park. Anyway, it’s about a theme park that features a medieval setting, a Roman setting, and an Old West setting complete with robotic cowboys walking the streets. Obviously bad things happen and the robots begin attacking guests. Put it this way: have you ever seen the episode of The Simpsons when they visit Itchy and Scratchy Land and the robots attack? That was a straight up parody of West World.
The Last Starfighter
Considering how much video games dominate popular culture these days, and with the tremendous technological advancements in the gaming industry, it just feels like the perfect time to make a movie about an expert gamer who gets recruited to fight in a massive battle, with the game of choice having been a simulation all along. Oh, what’s that? They already made that movie in 1984 and it was called The Last Starfighter? Well, with gaming culture bigger than ever, it’s the absolute perfect time to remake that film, don’t you think? Considering we’ve moved on from arcade games like Centipede and have games like, you know, Halo that are far more realistic, and combine that with the fact that we have motion capture games it seems so much more feasible for a young gamer to actually serve a role in an interstellar battle. At least that’s what we’re going with as we say, yeah, let’s get this remake off the ground. Get on it, Hollywood.
Another movie that’s been long rumored for a remake is the science fiction classic, Logan’s Run. Remaking the movie has been a pet project for director Bryan Singer for years, but it’s just never managed to get much traction. It tells the story of a dystopian future in which, once people reach the age of 30, they are killed. A guy named Logan and a few others basically decide hey, screw that, man, and try to get the people in charge to change their methods. Naturally it doesn’t really work, but that’s alright because there’s a catastrophic computer failure that basically leaves the city in ruins and everyone is free to roam the countryside and live past 30. Um, yay? Anyway, there’s still hope for a remake, as the writer of BioShock is currently penning a script.
Yet another movie that has long been rumored to be remade, yet has never actually gotten much past the “hey, wouldn’t it be cool to have another go at making this all-time classic book into a big budget movie?” Fahrenheit 451 is a book by Ray Bradbury, and it tells of a horrible future in which books have been outlawed, with firemen being tasked with burning any books they find, with anyone caught reading punished. It was a scathing look at the direction Bradbury feared America was headed at the height of McCarthyism, and has become one of the all-time classic science fiction novels. It was turned into a movie in 1966, and back around 2010, Mel Gibson was working on developing a remake. Obviously, nothing has come of that. It’s about time to get a remake off the ground, though, wouldn’t you say?
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