Wednesday, May 24, 2006

The Wicker Man: Why I hate Hollywood

I know, I know I'm not the first blogger(or professional journalist for that matter) to write disparagingly about the glut of remakes that have been coming out the last few years, but you know, it still needs to be said.

The basic jist of them all is that remakes suck.... and they are right.

With that in mind, I want to just mention that I hate the fact that not one but TWO remakes of the Wicker Man are being made.

If you haven't seen The Wicker Man, it is a cool, atmospheric and on some level, utterly believable horror movie that had an ending which still chills me to this day. And after seeing what modern Hollywood did to Assault on Precinct 13, I am scared, very, very scared of what is going to become of The Wicker Man in their *cough* capable hands.

Edward Woodward was perfect for the lead in the original... I mean, this is the man who became the the Equalizer for the love of...-- does that mean nothing?!? I know that Nicholas Cage has... what's it called... oh yeah, "star power", but that isn't an excuse. Neil LaBute, what are you doing to us?

Some of you may be saying, well, MC, Neil Labute's made some decent movies in the past, so it won't be so bad. Well, the fact that the director of the original, when he heard about some of the changes being made to the original plot and structure of the movie for the remake, asked that his name be removed from all the promotional materials for the new film... and then he went further.

Robin Hardy decided he was going to reimagine The Wicker Man, using the same setting but creating a new story around it. Cowboys For Christ isn't really a sequel so much as it is a re-examination of the same themes. Of course, the way I see it is CoC is basically Hardy flipping off the whole remake.

You know something is off when many of the figures from the original movie start working on a competing project. I mean, how bad is the Labute version really going to be. I think one only has to look at the two competing Exorcist prequels to answer that question.


Schadenfreude said...

Whoa, The Equalizer! Nice.

The opening to that show made me New York City-averse for years. Between graffiti everywhere, an assault/rape/robbery around every corner and just a general dirtiness, it was just shocking to me that people actually wanted to live there! But it also made McCall look like such a badass for an old guy.

It was like he singlehandedly changed the lyrics of New York New York: If you can kick ass there, you can kick ass anywhere.

MC said...

Given the ratio of female to male victims in the opening too, it makes New York seem like the utterly soul-crushing place.

McCall really was the Pai Mei of his time and place. Part of me thinks that on some level that the Jack Bristow character on Alias was deeply influenced by the Equalizer.