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The Running Man is being remade:

http://www.aceshowbiz.com/news/view/00024203.html
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For a minute I was excited, thinking that they were actually going to make a movie about The Running Man, about the story that is, not just the title.

No such luck.
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It's time!!

We can help!!

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CHIT CHAT: THE MOVIE!!!
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I think it is just a matter of time before we start seeing movies based on television shows that were based on movies. I'm thinking M.A.S.H., The Odd Couple, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, etc.
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I'm cool with it, if they stick to the story this time. Protagonist fighting with his guts hanging out. Oh yeah!
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In other news, fighting intensifies in the Middle East, inflation is on the rise, and time continues to move in a forward direction.
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Drew1365 wrote:
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I think it is just a matter of time before we start seeing movies based on television shows that were based on movies. I'm thinking M.A.S.H., The Odd Couple, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, etc.


I think we've already seen that, but . . . I'm having a hard time coming up with a title.

The Producers was originally a movie made into a Broadway play, which was then adapted back into a movie. Is that what you're thinking of, by chance?

And Ernie, Joe ... check the original article. This isn't a remake of The Running Man so much as it's American Gladiators: The Movie.
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Drew1365 wrote:
Also, Hollywood was running out of ideas 15 years ago, but they're still finding comic books, kids' toys, and 70s/80s television shows to turn into movies. I think we've got a long slog before the well runs dry.

I totally agree. I am also amazed at the number of songs that are constantly being redone.


whistleI think there are very few unique or original ideas out there anymore, except for mine ... things like a mix of crunchy peanut butter and sand as a Lubricant devil
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How about an Airwolf movie! Or The A-team? Or M.A.S.K.?
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This topic was already covered: http://www.boardgamegeek.com/article/3424611#3424611

I'm guessing the remake of Running Man will have massive explosions, CGI, robots, holocaust and the Eiffel Tower collapsing.
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Drew1365 wrote:
Erniepaul wrote:
I think it is just a matter of time before we start seeing movies based on television shows that were based on movies. I'm thinking M.A.S.H., The Odd Couple, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, etc.


I think we've already seen that, but . . . I'm having a hard time coming up with a title. (EDIT: I seem to recall that the two post-Stargate SG-1 movies were originally considered for theatrical releases.)

Also, Hollywood was running out of ideas 15 years ago, but they're still finding comic books, kids' toys, and 70s/80s television shows to turn into movies. I think we've got a long slog before the well runs dry.

I've resigned myself to the fact that the really creative filmmaking/storytelling being done these days is for the small screen.



And on the flip side, there is tons of literature, novels, plays, etc., that have never been made into movies that are fresh and interesting ideas!!

Of course the evil there is that they "improve" the story when they translate it to film!shake

We kept being fed recycled garbage over and over. That's why I search for non-English language releases, documentaries, and indie films to find something fresh!!

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Last month, I re-read Connie Willis' "Fire Watch," and thought that it would make a very good movie.
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Drew1365 wrote:
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In other news, fighting intensifies in the Middle East, inflation is on the rise, and time continues to move in a forward direction.


I want so badly to go back to 1982. soblue


Sheesh, what did I do? cry
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Drew1365 wrote:
EgorjLileli wrote:
And on the flip side, there is tons of literature, novels, plays, etc., that have never been made into movies that are fresh and interesting ideas!!



I'm not sure what's been up with them lately, but for awhile there it seemed like Walden Media was picking some great children's books and turning them into really good movies.

This seems a positive trend, and much preferred to the typical crappy kid movie that's just a vehicle for a hundred fart jokes.


If you look strictly at the Newberry winners and Honors, there is scope for lots of very good children's films/mini-series across all genres of literature!!
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Hollywood is in fear mode methinks. Original ideas seem to be against the grind when a group of people is in fear mode.

Technology is now present for so many individuals to do Indie. Most will of course be crap, but since Hollywood is only giving crap for the most part, that's OK.

Fortunately, there will be some gems amongst the crap that should catch the eye and be shown to the world. I think Indie is one of the big things Hollywood fears.

I also agree with Mrs. Mystery that foreign filmmakers will continue to bring us original works as they have less to lose than Hollywood does.
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Verkisto wrote:
Drew1365 wrote:
Erniepaul wrote:
I think it is just a matter of time before we start seeing movies based on television shows that were based on movies. I'm thinking M.A.S.H., The Odd Couple, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, etc.


I think we've already seen that, but . . . I'm having a hard time coming up with a title.

The Producers was originally a movie made into a Broadway play, which was then adapted back into a movie. Is that what you're thinking of, by chance?


As was Hairspray.
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I think we're due for another incarnation of Buck Rogers.
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Hollywood ran out of ideas. Hollywood stopped producing interesting and original films some time around 1970.
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Verkisto wrote:
In other news, fighting intensifies in the Middle East, inflation is on the rise, and time continues to move in a forward direction.


Technically, this last part is somewhat subject to debate.
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edosan wrote:
Verkisto wrote:
Drew1365 wrote:
Erniepaul wrote:
I think it is just a matter of time before we start seeing movies based on television shows that were based on movies. I'm thinking M.A.S.H., The Odd Couple, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, etc.


I think we've already seen that, but . . . I'm having a hard time coming up with a title.

The Producers was originally a movie made into a Broadway play, which was then adapted back into a movie. Is that what you're thinking of, by chance?


As was Hairspray.


I think Mel Brooks' Robin Hood: Men in Tights was half a recycling of bits from his old TV show When Things Were Rotten and half a parody of Costner's Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves (which desperately cried out for someone to make fun of it.)

And wasn't Young Frankenstein turned into a musical?

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Hollywood ran out of ideas. Hollywood stopped producing interesting and original films some time around 1970.

You have to go to at least 1972 or 1974 at a minimum. Then you can sound the death knell of Hollywood ingenuity.

EDIT: Oops, there was a brief flash of goodness in 1987. Not quite dead yet.
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Bearcat89 wrote:
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Hollywood ran out of ideas. Hollywood stopped producing interesting and original films some time around 1970.

You have to go to at least 1972 or 1974 at a minimum. Then you can sound the death knell of Hollywood ingenuity.

EDIT: Oops, there was a brief flash of goodness in 1987. Not quite dead yet.


All three were novels made into films. That's part of the problem... Hollywood movies have become a story telling medium for book to film translation.
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Yes it sucks that there are so many remakes, but Christ you guys sound like a bunch of old farts.

You know that they still make good movies right?
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Yes it sucks that there are so many remakes, but Christ you guys sound like a bunch of old farts.

You know that they still make good movies right?


Yes, independent and foreign films mostly, but I have not seen one from a Hollywood production in many years... and some directors I love their early work but they suck when the get the big budgets like Steven Soderbergh and Darren Aronofsky for example... Aronofsky is doing the RoboCop remake (The Fountain was so-so) and of course Soderbergh lost it with many crappy remakes of Ocean's Eleven, Solaris and his bastardization of A Scanner Darkly.

I challenge you to name a 20 great major studio films in the past 30 years that could stack up to classic cinema... I bet you cannot. Yeah, there's been some entertaining stuff... but nothing that I would call great, or art, or very original. I'd like to see such list because I gave up on Hollywood ten years ago. I am lucky if I see more than one film a year at this point, usually a kids film. Wall-E was the last thing I saw.

Right now, I think Guy Madden and Cory McAbee are the ones that I would watch and that are doing something original and interesting while at the same time some popular appeal.

EDIT: I really need to proofread.
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