The last couple of weeks has produced a lot of rumor and speculation out of Hollywood. Some of those rumors are exciting while others make me sit back and say WTF. One such item is the greenlighting of the Karate Kid remake starring Will Smith’s kid. Are you kidding me? Karate Kid should not be remade, it should be cherished for what it is…an iconic 80′s movie. Miyagi is going to be played by Stephen Chow of Kung Fu Hustle fame…I like Stephen Chow but not as Miyagi…Pat Morita is Miyagi…damn it this bothers me.
Another project that has me scratching my head is Ridley Scott’s next project. Yes the man who directed one of my all time favorite movies, Alien is embarking into a new frontier…that would be board game…to be specific, Monopoly. That’s right he is directing the big screen version of the popular board game…I wonder if rich Uncle Pennybags will emerge from someones stomach…probably not…that would be cool.
And last but not least is this little tidbit I read about. Oldboy, one of my favorite all time movies, a cinematic masterpiece is getting americanized. That’s right Spielberg has scooped the rights to this Chan Wook Park classic and has tapped Will Smith to play the title role. I have zero hope that this will do the original justice. In fact it’s impossible to do it justice because there isn’t a studio that would allow some of the elements from Oldboy to be placed in an American version. No matter who’s name is on it. There is no way they can do this movie the right way so please…leave it be and Netflix Oldboy now, see it the way it was meant to be seen.
Hollywood needs to stop remaking movies…and start producing some of the incredible original ideas that are out there just waiting to be discovered. They have yet to get a foreign remake right, just look at the Grudge films, The Ring, The Eye…the list goes on forever…the only one they got right was The Departed.
I have to be at work in two hours…still getting use to the new work schedule. It’s weird working when the rest of the world is asleep…