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February 21, 2011 / TerranceTheTrailerTrasher

Two Murders, a Time Machine and the Worst Remake Idea Ever

What’s new for Brian De Palma? Nothing. Because he’s doing a remake. But not the remake that is such a dumb idea I almost want to let the Beatles be and take a time machine to the 80s to prevent the original 80s move from being made.

THE MOTEL LIFE – Two brothers flee their Reno motel after a fatal hit-and-run accident. Based on a novel. Emile Hirsch and Stephen Dorff are attached to star. Brothers Alan and Gabriel Polsky will produce, direct and write.

@@@ – I like the premise. It’s something that could happen to anyone. And anyone could panic and flee, even if they weren’t at fault, which would be a more interesting journey for me. In this case, according to the book’s description on Amazon, they were drunk, so that makes them less sympathetic as protagonists, but it’s still a story that’s got some possibilities. I might read the book instead.

PASSION – Brian De Palma is set to remake this 2010 French psycho drama involving two feuding corporate executives, one of whom is driven to murder the other. Starts shooting in August in the UK with a $30 million budget. The original version starred Kristin Scott Thomas and Ludivine Sagnier.

@@@ – It’s been a while since De Palma did a really good genre pic, like CARRIE, BODY DOUBLE and BLOW OUT. I keep holding out hope he has another one of those in him. Maybe this will be it.

GET BACK – Two diehard Beatles fans discover a time machine and travel back in time to prevent John Lennon from meeting Yoko Ono because they blame her for breaking up the band. Mark Waters (MEAN GIRLS) may direct the comedy for Sidney Kimmel Entertainment.

@@@ – Clever title. Premise has a good punch line that makes it clear the movie won’t take itself too seriously, as it might have if they had decided to go for the more obvious choice of trying to prevent Lennon’s murder instead. I had high hopes for HOT TUB TIME MACHINE based on the cultish raves it received but when I finally saw it, it was a disappointment. I hope with this movie the time travel comedy subgenre will get back on track.

ABOUT LAST NIGHT – Remake of 1986 brat pack comedy about a couple who start a romantic affair despite their friends’ disapproval. Will Gluck (EASY A) attached to produce for Screen Gems.

@ – Another completely misguided understanding of the whole point of doing a remake. There is nothing unique enough about the idea of a couple whose friends think they shouldn’t be a couple to be considered a piece of intellectual property in and of itself that warrants any kind of branding. It’s the execution that counts. Originally based on the play SEXUAL PERVERSITY IN CHICAGO by David Mamet, the Rob Lowe/Demi Moore version adapted by SNL’s Tim Kazurinsky already significantly watered down the source material and changed its name so there was barely any resemblance to the hit play that had probably commanded a hefty option price. A new execution is going to have even less to do with the “franchise” that’s so old and forgotten that the target demographic will in no way be drawn in by any recognition of the title. Why are they wasting their time? No, really, I want to know. This makes absolutely no sense.

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