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Weinstein announces Hellraiser and Scanners in 3D

AmericanWerewolfinLondon.jpgBob Weinstein has been talking his upcoming projects he revealed that the company have two things in mind right now, exploiting the 3D market and returning to the franchises that are strong for them, or strong for other companies and they now have their hands on the rights.

While that might seem good on paper, I'm not so sure about the franchises that they have in mind to resurrect, and also if they really need to be resurrected. Hellraiser and Scanners were both mentioned along with 3D as was Spy Kids, Halloween III, and in 2D he mentioned Short Circuit and An American Werewolf in London.

So it seems the rumour from back in June has turned out to be true, the classic John Landis film An American Werewolf in London is set to be remade, thankfully they aren't turning to 3D for this one.

Hellraiser and Scanners also mark two other classic horror films that are going to end up in 3D, not that either of them need it. I suspect that they watched the originals and saw the two exploding scenes and decided that an explosion of flesh would look great in 3D, think of the crowd ducking, and so the remakes were born. Personally I think it cheapens them, just look at the films we've seen in 3D so far, especially horror, My Bloody Valentine, the final, Final Destination anyone?

Three great, original horror films to be turned into cheap, horror gimmicks. Well they've realised that they need cash and 3D films have shown to return cash, so why not?

Speaking to Variety through Coming Soon he said:

”I'm heading back to my franchise films...These films are our strength, and we are committed to doing them in style”

Style? Excuse me Mr Weinstein, I think they already have been, and John Landis, Clive Barker, David Cronenberg and John Badham would no doubt feel slightly offended by those comments, I know I would.

There's also mention of the fourth Scream, which will be covered separately, Halloween III in 3D, which has already been remade twice and although well, not as strong as the original, and Spy Kids, well that's suited just fine to 3D.

Remakes of Hellraiser and Scanners in 3D, and An American Werewolf in London and Short Circuit just don't make that much sense to me. Sure they can make the effects better, but can they really make the films better? I know that Hellraiser and An American Werewolf in London will definitely lose something that the originals had, and haven't we seen Short Circuit remade with Wall-E (Filmstalker review) already?



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