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Discussion in 'Misc. Films' started by Lighthouse, Aug 23, 2012.
'Videodrome' remake gets a director at Universal
Ehren Kruger? Erin ****ing Kruger!!!!
Hey, if it's got James Woods...
I'm sure this was the same reaction people had when Cronenberg decided to remake The Fly.
Let's just wait and see how this will turn out.
Where have I heard that before? Eh. Something with Recall... something with Elm Street... something with "Fog"... "Wolfman"... "Arthur"... something about a rolling ball and dogs made of straw... Yeah, I guess this will be good, too!!!
It's getting old, just don't mess with the classics.
Death to Videodrome Remake! Long live the Old Flesh!
And wouldn't it be Facebook-Drome these days?
I too am getting sick of the wait and see crowd when the vast majority of modern remakes have been ****. Now I don't love VideoDrome or anything but it's safe to say that it is a very intriguing film that doesn't need some dumbed down remake from a horrible screenwriter. The wait and see crowd were wrong about Recall this year and they will be wrong about this remake because of the hack writer and newbie director. We do not have to wait and see ****.
I'm not opposed to the idea in theory. You could take that material and do something really crazy with it when you factor in how media has grown in the last 30 years. But Ehren Kruger? "they planned to modernize the concept, infusing it with the possibilities of nano-technology and blow it up into a large-scale sci-fi action thriller."? Just go away.
I was actually in favor of that. Just because I wanted another movie in that franchise.
The original Fly isn't that great. It's campy, it's goofy, it's fun, but no one ever thought it was great.
Cronenberg wasn't a noob at that point in his career either. He'd made 9 movies by that point, several of them genre classics.
An excellent point.
The concept of the original still applies today, something amazing could be made out of using the concept in modern times with today's media.
Too bad they hired lousy screenwriter and first time director.
With no internet back in the day I wonder how people vented their frustrations, I think they would write into magazines like Starlog and Fangoria.
Karma for Cronenberg talking **** about TDKR. "You wanna talk smack? You wanna talk smack, MOTHER****ER?! Alright. Videodrome remake.... gets the GREENLIGHT! How do you like us now, *****?"
But in all seriousness, this seems like a bad idea.
I loved that film and I'm officially excited.
And Ehren Krueger, why are people jumping the gun?
> Skeleton Key
> The Ring
> ARLINGTON ROAD (!!!)
Yeah, sure he wrote Transformers. But ANYONE in the movie industry can tell you for the majority of blockbusters? Screenwriters don't have much say. We're brought in to write and try to make sense of what a director wants. That's ALL Michael Bay.
This guy as a writer... Skeleton Key, alright - it was kind of boring but that ending gave me chills. The Ring is the only remake to ever give me nightmares. And Arlington Road still thrills me as much as the first time I saw it and THAT is his original screenplay.
So, that said - this guy? Knows thrillers. He has solid work in this genre behind him. For those saying "TRANSFORMERS!!!" as said, he was just another writer brought on to service the director. The Transformers films aren't his vision - it's Bays. He was simply brought on with "I want this as the beginning, middle and end, I want explosions here here here here here, I want these characters to do this this this and that." As said, go to his other non-Bay works and sure some disappointments here and there... but also some solid films backing him up.
NOW as to the director? That commercial really gave me the chills and I loved the reveal at the end. If he was completely behind that and that's his personal visual flair and approach? (No other helping hands) Then I'd say it's safe there as well.
So combine that 'short, The Ring, and the sense of paranoia from Arlington Road? I see the potential.
Sorry, to me those films are mediocre to terrible.
Both 'The Ring' and 'Arlington Road' are 71% and 69% respectively on rotten tomatoes and similarly on IMDB (people rather than critics). Compare that to a lot of other films... in the Ring's case ESPECIALLY horror films. Kind of feel comfortable in saying I like them and think they're good. And as said - with Skeleton Key, really not my thing - got poor reviews or mediocre compared to it's genre - but still ended good.
Hey man every director starts somewhere. He has done some amazing short films and commercials, have you seen them?
the director works as a CGI artist? what was his job in this commercial? deciding where the camera moves?
this commercial was a work of art........for cgi artists.
/\ It depends. As said, maybe with commercials the director comes up with the complete idea and vision of it and the CGI teams help him. Now either both those commercials have the same background talent or he's just the only single link between them - if that's the case - both show him as a possible up and comer.
Keep in mind for studios when looking at writers and directors that have potential the question is? What is their vision?
Maybe this guy knows how to make a trippy and interesting imaginative film, which to me is perfect for this film.
It's not CGI.
they used a lot cgi to do this commercial.
MANY films by PRO directors use CGI... so, where's the problem?... I personally have no idea how the 3D effects were the stars of it. It was the approach. It was the visual style. How will a director present this? Not the tools that were given. And they just answered my one important question - the director came up with the notion of what was going to happen and story of it, it was his vision rather than a writing team's.
I had to come out of my sabbatical to comment on this:
I feel like some here who are somewhat defending this type of remake has absolutely NOT seen Cronenberg's Videodrome. Sorry Ultimatehero. It's a weird, sexual, flesh-core film, not an action tentpole for the masses. You know what? Total Recall made sense. Not this. This is the equivalent of remaking Mulholland Drive as rom-com with Selena Gomez. This is not an exaggeration.
SO let me drive the point home with this quote from Matt Goldberg of Collider.com
I'm not so against remakes though Hollywood is using them as a crutch as of late. Total Recall? The Thing reboot/prequel? Makes sense. But most of these remakes/reboots have bombed hard. So how can Videodrome, with no public name value, can become a hit is beyond me. So even the people who are defending an idea of an action remake of VD has barely any weight because the success rate has been slim to none.