5 reboots the original filmmaker agreed with (& 5 that were against it)
As the movie industry increasingly relies on familiar branding and intellectual property, remakes and reboots have become all the rage. Many remakes are inferior to the originals, unable to provide a satisfactory reason for their existence beyond profit.
That’s not always the case though, and some reboots have earned praise even from those who created the original. Here are 5 directors who supported the remake of their films, and 5 who opposed it.
ten Supported: Joel Schumacher Praise The “Dark Knight” Trilogy
that of Joël Schumacher Batman duology are dubiously credited with having briefly “killed the franchise”, in Batman and robin the words of star George Clooney. When Christopher Nolan revived the Dark Knight in movies, he took the exact opposite approach to Schumacher – dark, dramatic, and political. Schumacher, still a good sportsman, praised Nolan’s final, The dark knight rises, for his ambition and his political prescience:
“I think what’s very interesting about Batman and how brilliant Chris Nolan is, if you look at the last Batman, ours was back in a much simpler time. Our job was to entertain the whole family … The last one is really about what we’re going through, the extraordinary gap between the haves and have-nots … the latest Batman is very representative of the times we live in, which are scary times. “
9 Opposed: George Romero had mixed feelings about Zack Snyder’s “Dawn Of The Dead”
George Romero is the father of the zombie apocalypse, having invented the genre in bulk with Night of the Living Dead. Zombie movies make up the bulk of Romero’s filmography and one of the most famous is that of 1978. Dawn of the Dead. Set in an abandoned mall, the film satirizes American consumerism.
In 2004, Zack Snyder made his directorial debut with a remake of Romero’s film. The films share a title but diverge in many other places, including the zombies themselves – Romero’s slow idiots; Snyder’s ravenous pack hunters. Romero had mixed feelings about Snyder’s film: “It was better than I expected. I thought it was a good action movie. The first 15 or 20 minutes were great, but it has sort of lost its purpose. “
8 Supported: Sam Raimi produced the remake of “Evil Dead” by Fede Álvarez
Sam Raimi marked horror and cinema with Devilish death, spawning both a long career as a director and a media franchise. Except maybe Spider Man, evil Dead will always be the films with which Raimi is most associated. However, when the time came for another director to try his hand, Raimi lent his support.
The remake, titled evil Dead, released in 2013. Directed by Fede Álvarez and starring Jane Levy, the couple did a commendable job putting themselves in Raimi and Bruce Campbell’s shoes. Raimi was a producer of the film and described Lvarez as a “great artist” and “brilliant”. Raimi will later reunite with Àlvarez and Levy to produce the 2018 Don’t breathe.
7 Opposed: Tomas Alfredson was not a fan of “Let Me In”
A common practice in Hollywood is to take foreign films and produce “Americanized” remakes. A single example is Leave the one on the right in. A 2008 Swedish film, directed by Tomas Alfredson and adapted from the 2004 novel by John Ajvide Lindqvist, it focuses on a bullied boy who befriends a vampiric girl.
An American remake directed by Matt Reeves and renamed Let me enter, was released just two years later. Reeves’ version has been praised by many, including Lindqvist – “Having not one, but two excellent versions of my first novel for the screen seems unreal.” Alfredson, however, was not one of the fans; in 2011 he said “I think there is something dishonest about copying someone’s work.”
6 Supported: Don Siegel appeared in “Invasion Of The Body Snatchers” by Philip Kaufman
Invasion of the Body Thieves has been remade three times due to how the titular monsters fit perfectly into allegory. The first remake came 22 years after the 1956 Don Siegel original. Siegel not only made cameos in the remake with original star Kevin McCarthy, but also collaborated with director Philip Kaufman on the film’s story, including the famous ending where Matthew (Donald Sutherland) lets out an alien howl, revealing he has been replaced. Siegel had wanted an equally dark ending for his own film but was rejected by the studio.
5 Opposed: Niels Arden Oplev had no kind words for David Fincher’s “Girl with the Dragon Tattoo”
The late Stieg Larsson Millennium novels were first adapted in his home country, Sweden. Director Niels Arden Oplev has made an adaptation of the entire trilogy (The girl with the dragon tattoo, The girl who played with fire, & The girl who kicked the hornet’s nest), with Noomi Rapace in the role of Lisbeth Salander. Released successively in 2009, the films were a great success in their country of origin and Sony was quick to consider Americanization.
Sony has recruited newly arrived David Fincher Social network, to direct, and he in turn chose Rooney Mara as Lisbeth. Oplev was not a fan, seeing the remake as an insult to the work he and Rapace had put in the originals. He was quoted as saying “Even in Hollywood there seems to be a kind of anger about the remake… ‘Why do something remake when they can just go see the original?’ Anyone who loves movies will go see the original. ”Oplev came out on top here, as the sequel to Fincher’s version was beaten.
4 Supported: J. Lee Thompson was delighted that Martin Scorsese had made “Cape Fear” again
The 1957 novel by John D. MacDonald The executioners has been adapted for theaters twice, but never under this name. In 1962, J. Lee Thompson adapted the novel into Cap Fear, starring Gregory Peck as righteous lawyer Sam Bowden whose family and life are threatened by a face from his past, Max Cady (Robert Mitchum).
In 1991, Martin Scorsese was just emerging from the resounding success of Goodfellas and chose to redo Cap Fear. Scorsese’s version starred Nick Nolte as Bowden and Robert De Niro as Cady, while also featuring cameos from Peck and Mitchum. In a documentary chronicling the making of the original, Thompson recounted his enthusiasm for Scorsese to direct the remake, describing him as “[his] favorite director “and praising one of Scorsese’s previous collaborations with De Niro, The king of comedy.
3 Opposed: Kirk Wise and Gary Trousdale weren’t fans of Bill Condon’s “Beauty and the Beast”
The 1991 The beauty and the Beast kicked off the Disney Renaissance and is one of the studio’s best animated films. He was also one of the first victims of Disney’s recent trend to adapt its classics to live-action. Debuting in 2017, the remake was directed by Bill Condon and starred Emma Watson and Dan Stevens in title roles.
The directors of the original, Kirk Wise and Gary Trousdale, were not enthusiastic. Wise was ambivalent, saying, “On the one hand, it’s great to have been involved in films that have had so much longevity and created so much affection for them in audiences that they would love to see. a new adaptation of the film. But also, it’s like … going to the old one. “Trousdale was more outspoken, stating,” My completely objective and unvarnished opinion is that anime are better anyway. “
2 Supported: John Carpenter collaborated with David Gordon Green on “Halloween”
“Soft reboot” is launched to describe films that are spiritual remakes while maintaining continuity with the classics. Halloween, the original slasher, had been remade in 2007 by Rob Zombie for muted reception. John Carpenter, the director of the original, is known for his laid back attitude, but even he wasn’t a fan.
Carpenter’s feelings for the 2018 Halloween, one of those “soft restarts” is much smoother. Although David Gordon Green directed, it was Carpenter’s endorsement of Green’s vision that made the project come true. That the 2018 movie undone Halloween iiLaurie’s (Jamie Lee Curtis) return as Michael’s sister (a twist Carpenter regrets) might explain his support.
1 Opposed: Park Chan-Wook still hasn’t seen Spike Lee’s ‘Oldboy’
Often times, it’s not just the people involved in the originals who have Pan-Americanized the remakes. An example would be the 2013 Old boy, a remake of the much-loved original by Park Chan-Wook, one of South Korea’s most beloved filmmakers. Directed by the generally excellent Spike Lee, the remake was derided and clawed back a fraction of its budget. Most would rather forget about him, including Park Chan-Wook, who still wouldn’t have watched him.
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