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Foreign remakes of Ghostbusters and Cellular

Ghostbusters.jpgThere are two foreign remakes of Hollywood films that have been announced, and while the remake of Cellular isn't that big a deal, since it wasn't a stellar film anyway, the remake of Ghostbusters is a bit more surprising.

Cellular is heading for a Chinese remake while Ghostbusters is heading for an Indian one.

Warner Brothers has joined forces with the Hong Kong production company Emperor Motion Pictures to remake the Cellular film as Bao chi tong hua or Connected.

The original film, which tells the story of a man who receives a call from a kidnapped woman and tries to help before the battery dies, starred such names as Kim Bassinger, Jessica Biel, William H. Macy and Jason Statham. The remake, according to Variety, stars Louis Koo, Barbie Hsu, Nick Cheung and Liu Ye, with IMDB reporting Beibi Gong as well. The script has gone through so many rewrites but has come back to one very much like the original.

This probably doesn't come as a big surprise since China has the largest mobile phone usage in the world with some four hundred and forty three million mobile phone users, growing by some five million each month! That's an amazing amount.

Next up is Ghostbusters, yes you might be surprised by the fact that it's getting remade, but even more so the fact that it's being remade in Bollywood.

According to Bollyvista the film may well star Salman Khan and Riteish Deshmukh with the lead going to Sanjay Dutt, who is also producing through his newly formed production company, and is to be directed by Sujoy Ghosh.

Now I don't really know that much about Bollywood, in fact I know very little, so I'm hoping that our resident Bollywood expert, Ramchandra, will pop in with some comments.

I never thought Ghostbusters would be remade, although with the current Hollywood spate of remakes I wouldn't be totally surprised, but a Bollywood one? Well that's even more surprising. At least it feels like foreign cinema can get their own back on Hollywood for a change, instead of having their markets plundered, they're remaking from Hollywood.



Well, here I am :)

To be honest, foreign remakes are no new thing in India. Whether they are official and the rights to the remake are actually bought - is another story.

A couple of examples of 'good' remakes that I'd recommend are:
Kaante - a remake of Reservoir Dogs
Hum Tum - a remake of When Harry met Sally
Sarkaar - a remake of The Godfather

On the flipside 'Partner' was a remake of Hitch but changed the tone to a much more slapstick film rather than a rom-com. For thi sreason t's better perceived as a standalne film rather than the comparison.

The recent Othello based film Omkara too is worth a mention.


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