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The Swarm remake?

TheSwarm_Poster.jpgWe always say that some films could be remade and that some deserve a remake, well The Swarm could definitely be remade, but does it deserve it? The question would really be would a remake of the film work these days?

Well the answer appears to be yes as a remake is under way. The film that tells of a giant migration of "killer bees" from South America northwards into America and the attempts by a group of scientists and the government to try and stop it reaching populated areas.

The 1978 film was directed by Irwin Allen and starred a pretty impressive cast list with Michael Caine, Henry Fonda, Richard Widmark, Richard Chamberlain, Olivia de Havilland, Katharine Ross, Ben Johnson, Lee Grant, José Ferrer, Patty Duke, Slim Pickens, and Fred MacMurray because I have to stop there and I'm not linking them all!

It was actually adapted from a novel by Arthur Herzog Jr., and was made at a time when there was a concern over the rise of "killer bee" migrations from South America and there was a concern that this bee population could move north. Here's the blurb for The Swarm:

Killer bees from South America have been breeding with the gentler bees of more northern climes, slowly extending their territory northward decade after decade. Entomologist Brad Crane has discovered that something is making them come together in huge, killer swarms. He wants to keep the General Slater from using military tactics from further upsetting the balance of nature as they join to try to stop the swarms from approaching Houston.

I remember a scene of a VW Beetle parked in the middle of a football stadium, which I think might have just blown some of the ending away, but then it's such an old film surely the statute of limitations on spoilers has passed, and to be honest I can't remember anything more about it!

According to The Wrap through Bloody Disgusting, Roy Lee and Steven Schneider are behind the remake, and it looks set to follow the classic B-movie adaptation of Piranha. Lee is a very successful producer and he has a track record of remaking films, some incredibly well, just think of The Ring or The Departed (Filmstalker review).

Still, I'm not sure the fear is there that there once was for The Swarm. The book and film came out at a time when the idea of the killer bees was relatively new, frightening, and the idea was a possibility. Now though it's not, bees are in decline if anything. Mind you, we're no longer so scared about Piranhas now that we understand them so well, and that film tapped into fears and made audiences squirm, laugh and enjoy themselves, why couldn't The Swarm?



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