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Brian De Palma's The Fury Being Reimagined

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April 24, 2008
Source: Variety

Brian De Palma's The Fury

Continuing the seemingly never-ending trend of remakes in Hollywood, Fox 2000 is reviving Brian De Palma's 1978 sci-fi horror The Fury. Based on John Farris' novel of the same name, the film is about a young man with heightened kinetic powers who is abducted by the government in order to take advantage of his special gifts. I wouldn't have normally taken an interest in this if it weren't for Dave Davis' boisterous recollections of nights well spent cuddled up by the VHS player watching The Fury. Is there anyone else out there who is a big fan of De Palma's classic and feels like it might be worthy of a remake?

No director has been attached yet, but newcomers Brian McGreevy and Lee Shipman have hired to write the "contemporary reimagining." The two writers previously wrote a script for a film titled Of Every Wickedness about America's first known serial killer that made it onto the Black List of the hottest unproduced scripts. The buzz surrounding that screenplay eventually got them this job - which says a lot about their potential. However, apparently this remake switches out the lead female (played by Amy Irving in the original) for a "young man."

I've been struggling to actually find a horror or thriller remake that might actually turn out better than the original. Almost everyone believes that every remake is never as good as the original, but will there ever be a movie that could feasibly be perfect for a remake? And is The Fury one of them? I'm not familiar with the film at all, but going off of what Davis said, it sounds like it could turn out a bit better this time around. Thoughts?

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  • E
    One of my favorite movies from way back! **** semi spoilers **** That last scene shot from - what is it - 17 different camera angles ... that amazing music ... those eyes :) Yeah I really enjoyed it. Even when I was younger I wished I had veins in my forehead. Actually I always felt that the movie could have been a bit more ... hmmm dunno the word I'm looking for. I think it was a bit tame but I understand why. I always felt it could have been stronger emotionally. The relationships seemed a bit lacking. I also felt it could have really been super terrifying ... although ... it was really, really disturbing how he mauled his lover ... I remember it even today ... "faster, faster ..." and her whipping around and the blood flying. Whooo yeah ... I think it could be done better and the dramatic elements really beefed up. Amy is a female lead but she never actually has any contact with the male lead (if you mean the young boy). They are totally separate and have separate stories and she could easily become a man or younger boy. (A child would work even better) They are "aware" of each other but she never is in any scenes with him or even talks to him until like 2 second at the end of the film. I could see a change being made and it won't really change anything. Amy was compelling but at the same time, she could be anyone in my opinion - she's a glorified emotional chaperon to the father mostly. Her full potential isn't realized until literally the last scene of the film and then the credits role. Also I think for the time it was made ... his "replacement" being a woman was more threatening. I don't think that would fly in a modern remake.
  • Mike Avallone
    Great movie. Look for Jim Belushi walk on role. It's hilarious how many time he gets in the camera shot.
  • Sounds promising.
  • Rhesusmonkey
    Oh, that's way less scary, I thought the title was "The Furry" now that's be creepy.
  • avoidz
    Yeah, what the hell. Every other movie is being remade/reimagined; why not this one? Let's see what they do with it.

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