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Let the 80s Rest In Peace

I have seen the new Star Trek twice now...

(GREAT movie by the way)

...and both times I was mildly perturbed by the previews. Wanna know what's coming out? Nothing new. Let's see.... Transformers 2, GI Joe, another Terminator..... Yep, all revamps reboots and retellings. Which isn't shocking since a) I was there to see the "new" Star Trek and b) people in their 30s and 40s with all the marketing money seem to have a severe case of Nostalga-cide. Meaning that they get all nostalgic for things that well, were fine when they were. Seriously people, we don't need a CGI version of the Smurfs. Or a redo of Footloose. Let the 80s rest in peace!

Maybe that's just me. If you want to scrap creativity and retool things stick to doing it when it makes sense. Instead of revisiting the well of what was popular in the 80s, why not use the magic of the movies to enhance current stories or to showcase stories that just make better films than books. Examples? Sure. The Harry Potter series is a good example of a book series into a movie series that is entertaining both ways but actually made better movies. The special effects really add some, err magic to the whole experience. The Twilight series on the other hand should have stayed as books... or better yet stayed the daydream of a sexually frustrated nitwit. Either way.

Ahem, another example would be the Dan Brown movies (Da Vinci Code, Angels and Demons) ... Dan Brown is a horrible writer but his movies are flights of fun fantasy that entertain and whatnot, so more power to 'em.

Other books I think would make good movies?

Armor: Yes it has similarities to Starship Troopers, but I think they could make an awesome action movie based on this book.

The Wolf's Hour: Werewolf and secret agent... what's not to love?

Jennifer Government: This could actually make a pretty decent TV series as well with the right writers.

Cast of Shadows: DNA, test tube babies, killers, the question of nature vs nurture, and an expansive MMORPG that could be shot is some funky animation? Cool! (And yeah, the title is kind of lame, but the story was well put together.)

The Once and Future King: Yeah I know they have tried to do this story a number of times... but after the Lord of The Rings, I have more faith that they could do a decent job with this story.

Y'all have any suggestions?

In the meantime, I will keep reading… Oh and today I am lucky enough to be seeing the original Matrix movie on the big screen for free. Swag baby, swag is a good good thing.

Here is the way the Matrix should have been shot..... I give you, The Muppet Matrix!

1 comment:

JayRod said...

I do agree with a few of those (you knew Armor & Wolf's Hour would get me). I had a read that Jennifer Government was purchased by a studio a few years back, don't know what happened after that. Personally, I'd like to see Gunslinger by Stephen King made into a movie, could be a TV movie/mini-series. If it does well, they could make others, if it doesn't, leave it as it is. If they did it like El Mariachi I think it would be visually fitting with the book. Also, one of the best comics and books about him, the Death and Return of Superman. Would have to be a 3 part series though to encompass everything.