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January 3, 2011 / TerranceTheTrailerTrasher

Everything Old Is New Again

As most of us move forward in the new year, here are four movies being made in 2011 that rehash material we’ve seen in the past.

PAN – A dark spin on “Peter Pan,” with Captain Hook portrayed as a haunted former police detective in pursuit of a childlike kidnapper. Originally developed as a vehicle for Guillermo del Toro, now it will be directed instead by the guy who did the animated sequence in HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS.

@@@ – Lingering memories of the debacle that was HOOK irrationally worry me about this re-imagining. It sounds like someone got the idea from “Wicked” and maybe tried to throw in some PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN sensibilities to boot. The thing I like the best about the premise is, in addition to the villain becoming our POV character, the former hero is now viewed as a kidnapper. They could have taken that one step further and made Peter Pan a predatory, sexually motivated serial child abductor, since that’s really what people would think of him today. But I think the studio will opt to go for a family audience.

THE THREE STOOGESThe Farrelly Brothers bring back the slapstick comedians in a biopic that has bounced around from studio to studio for years, finally landing at 20th Century Fox due to MGM’s financial troubles. The script is currently out to actors.

@@ – I admit, it sounds like a good idea on paper. But then go look at Richard Attenborough’s CHAPLIN. It earned some respect at the time, but it really wasn’t very memorable.

21 JUMP STREETJonah Hill and Channing Tatum have been confirmed as leads in the big screen remake of the late 1980s TV cop drama about youthful-looking undercover cops working in high schools and colleges. Hill really wanted to be involved in this project. He co-wrote an early treatment of the script. No word yet if Johnny Depp, who hated starring in the original series, plans to see this movie.

@@@ – The series was goofy and fun. Sometimes the theatrical reimaginings of these types of shows try so hard to be fresh, they end up having nothing to do with their “brand” other than the title. I think this show’s premise can survive an update.

BULLDOG DRUMMOND – Reboot of a superspy-like franchise from the 1920s about a WWI veteran bored with civilian life who has big budget adventures as a private investigator. The original character was featured in more than twenty movies from 1922-69 and supposedly influenced the creation of James Bond. From the producer of HARRY POTTER.

@ – I guess with one more POTTER flick still in the can, it’s still too early to reboot that series. So instead they’re dusting off some Bond-like oldie no one under 50 has heard of and I’m guessing they’ll give it the Guy Ritchie SHERLOCK HOLMES treatment. Isn’t the point of rebooting to take advantage of brand recognition? I don’t get this one.

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