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Published on April 6th, 2009 | by Darren Byrne


Movie News 06/04/09

Remakes, remakes everywhere…

  • Jackie Earle HaleyIn my ongoing coverage of the remake of A Nightmare on Elm Street, I could not see how anyone could replace Robert Englund as Freddy. Surely, there was no one who could play the iconic baddie as well. Then this week it seems they’ve found someone up to the task. Jackie Earle Haley, who played Rorschach in Watchmen, could be perfect for the role. I’m suddenly no longer appalled by the remake. What does everyone else think?
  • I mentioned before that they are remaking Stephen King’s IT. Well, they’ve now confirmed it will be an R rating, so it should be able to cover the darker elements of King‘s novel. I am interested, though I don’t see how anyone could beat Tim Curry as Pennywise the Clown. Maybe Jackie Earle Haley??
  • NBC are planning a TV movie remake (kinda) of The Wizard of Oz. The script follows the story of Dorothy Gale, a girl from Kansas who tries to tackle modern-day Manhattan (her version of the Emerald City). Dorothy finds a job in the art world and must deal with her wicked boss. Meh!
  • Here’s the first trailer for the Fame remake:

  • The Wrestler star Mickey Rourke showed up at WrestleMania and was in the audience during Chris Jericho’s match against Ricky “The Dragon” Steamboat, “Rowdy” Roddy Piper and Jimmy “Superfly” Snuka. After defeating all three of his opponents, Jericho challenged Rourke to come into the ring. Rourke into the ring and laid a few punches on the WWE star.
  • Joel Schumacher has lined up Kiefer Sutherland, Rory Culkin and Ellen Barkin to star in drug tale Twelve. Adapted from Nick McDonnell’s book – which he wrote when he was 17 – the plot follows a high school dropout who turns to dealing drugs.  At first, it seems to be the perfect way to earn money, but after his cousin is killed and his best friend is arrested for the murder, the shine wears off. It sounds like The Wackness without the fuzzy love story.
  • Cancer-stricken actress Farrah Fawcett has been admitted to the hospital in critical condition. The former Charlie’s Angels star, aged 62, is said to be unconscious but stable and her longtime partneRyan O’Neal is at her bedside.
  • Aaron Eckhart has signed up to star opposite Nicole Kidman in Rabbit Hole, a drama which sees a married couple finding their married bliss disrupted by the tragic death of their son. They must struggle through grief and emotional instability to regain their happiness. Blah!
  • Jason Statham – what’s not to love. Here’s a trailer for Crank 2:

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9 Responses to Movie News 06/04/09

  1. Lottie says:

    Firstly – I think the Freddy thing will work. Haley is a better actor than England and it might be time for a change.

    Why do they need to remake IT? It’s one of the most terrifying films ever made. Why?

    Dorothy Gale? Sounds familiar – Devil Wears Prada anyone?

    Hopefully Crank 2 will be ebtter than Transporter 3. It wouldn’t be hard.

  2. Mike says:

    Cheers for the WrestleMania spoiler! Didn’t get to see it live last night, was looking forward to that this evening; my annual wrestling nerdout.

  3. Lottie says:

    Just watched the Crank Trailer. Looks absolutely awful – I can’t wait.

    I think I might love Jason Statham just a tinchy bit.

  4. Rick says:

    Strangely spent most of a big family dinner last night talking about Crank 2 and the boys night out that a group of lads are having in conjunction with it.

    I think I managed to invite myself 🙂

  5. voodoo says:

    I honestly can not bring myself to watch transporter or crank or any of those.

  6. Darren Byrne says:

    @Mike I can only assume you’re being serious…but seriously? WrestleMania? Nooooooooo!!!

    @Lottie You’re not in love with him. It’s merely lust.

    @Rick Can I come? Can I come? Can I come? Can I come? Can I come? Can I come? Can I come?

    @Voodoo There’s two simple steps to it – 1) Switch off brain; 2) Enjoy! 🙂

  7. Lottie says:

    @Darren – Meh! Potato, potato. Huh. Doesn’t work so well in text does it?

  8. rdlp715 says:

    Mickey Rourke should have went to TOWN on Jericho! Also not even landing on his neck from a 6 ft suicide dive can kill the Deadman.

    Sorry, strike this comment from the record. I’m not 12 anymore.

  9. coffee maker says:

    Rourke’s gotta work on his trash talking skills before he can become a real pro wrestler…

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