Escape From New York, Total Recall, Flash Gordon and Sinbad remakes still on
Yes, it's hard to believe, but the remakes of Escape From New York, Total Recall, Flash Gordon and Sinbad are still happening, and that's from the mouth of the producer behind them, Neal Moritz. That's not all he has to say, he also reveals that they have someone that they're going to approach for the role of Snake Plissken, again.
Also there's quite a few more reveals about the films, including news on a S.W.A.T. Sequel, Preacher, and the adaptation of the superb sounding The Boys comic book.
It's hard to believe that all these remakes are still happening, but the producer is a damned successful one and it shouldn't really be a great surprise that these films will finally see the light of day.
First up is the Escape From New York news, don't let me try and keep you right to the end of the article for that one. There is another script for the film, it is going out to directors right now, and Neal H. Moritz has revealed, through Collider's two-part interview, that they have been talking to various directors for the film and actors for the role of Snake.
Moritz does reveal that Gerard Butler was interested in playing the role of Snake, something we had heard about way back until everything started faltering on the project. Well Moritz suggests he still is interested, but that he hasn't seen the new script just yet. I can believe that, but is he really going to be keen to come back and do this action role when there's such a concern from fans about a new Snake?
Oh one more thing, he does say that it's probably going to be an R rating in America for violence.
A S.W.A.T. Sequel? Call me crazy but the first one is a lot of fun. Well they are going to be making a direct to DVD sequel with Benny Boom directing a whole new cast. Well so really there's no connection to the first and no real interest in seeing it I would suggest. Why bother? I believe it might be called S.W.A.T.: Fire Fight.
The new Sinbad isn't so much a remake, but a new adventure to the franchise with this film being called The 8th Voyage of Sinbad. Nicely done there. Adam Shankman is directing the film, think The Pacifier, Cheaper by the Dozen 2, Hairspray, I'll stop now.
Apparently it will take place in China in the same kind of time as the original films, so that's got to be good news hasn't it?
Flash Gordon? Well there's not much news really, even Moritz is waiting on the script to read for the film, so that's a long way off from happening.
The Boys sounds an interesting film. That's the comic book (Amazon.co.uk / Amazon.com) that sees a CIA team who are responsible for keeping tabs on all the superheroes around the world and ensuring that they don't do anything that the governments don't like, and if they do? Well these guys go out to teach them a lesson using any means necessary.
According to Moritz he's looking at directors right now, even though last we heard Sam Bayer was looking to direct. The most encouraging thing he's said is that they don't want to rush it and want to be faithful to the comic book. Here's hoping that all works out.
Finally, and here's the biggie, Total Recall. Remake indeed, as there's going to be no Mars. Yes you heard right, no Mars. According to Moritz there's going to be the same sort of action set pieces from the original but they will be more realistic – they weren't before? - and with Kurt Wimmer writing the script, it does actually sound like they could be onto a strong film. However they're remaking it but not doing the Mars story?
Moritz does talk about the idea of that chair and the ability to become who you want to be, he says that's the bit he likes most about the original film, so does that mean the remake will be about that more than the Mars story? I think that's a strong likelihood.
All in all, the news about The Boys sounds interesting, but the remakes still concern me, particularly the Total Recall and Escape From New York remakes. What about you? Anything in there to allay your fears?