Friday, March 21, 2008

Future Shock

More remakes are on the horizon, further mining the films of my younger years and making me feel real old. So let's all feel old together:

First up is the vague news of a RoboCop reboot. The original is a sci fi classic (directed by Paul Verhoeven and starring Peter Weller) that was followed by crappy sequels and TV series, so initial hopes aren't very high that this one will fare any better then those attempted follow-ups.

Next is yet another attempt to bring Frank Herbert's epic novel Dune to the screen. Both David Lynch's version (featuring Sting and his futuristic Speedo) and the Sci Fi Channel mini-series tried to adapt the dense work previously. Now, actor (Chicago Hope) turned director (Very Bad Things) Peter Berg is slated to direct, but if Lynch couldn't do it ...

And lastly, Heavy Metal, the animated anthology based on the cult magazine, will return to the screen once more, although this sounds more like another sequel (or "continuation") then an actual remake. Fight Club's David Fincher will direct one of the segments.

UPDATE: The Robocop sequel just got interesting: Darren Aronofsky (Requiem for a Dream) has signed up to direct.

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