Universal's Slap Shot Being Remade - More Updates!
by Alex Billington
August 29, 2008
As we've said countless times before, it feels like every single day we always write about another new remake. Today it's Slap Shot, the classic 1977 politically incorrect hockey comedy. The update comes from YourMovieMaven via SlashFilm, where screenwriter Peter Steinfeld (Analyze That, Be Cool, 21) mentions that he is "finishing writing the re-make of the iconic hockey movie Slap Shot for Universal." As you might have guessed, he's under attack by fans, as he rightfully should be! "I've never had so many people hate me for writing something they haven't seen yet. It's such a classic film and fans of the original feel like I'm grave-robbing or something. But I think the movie will be really fun and will capture what it’s like to play minor league hockey in 2008." Is this a good idea?
I'll admit that it is a bit harsh to attack someone before we even see what the finished product will look like, especially considering Slap Shot is sort of in need of a modern remake (don't you think so?). Hunter from SlashFilm makes a great comparison - look at what happened when Richard Linklater, who is a great filmmaker, tried to remake the classic 1976 sports comedy Bad News Bears - it turned out awful. Steinfeld doesn't exactly have too many hits under his belt, but considering Slap Shot literally is the iconic sports comedy, I'm not sure if his updated version will remain just as iconic or end up targeted toward a specific (younger) demographic. What are your thoughts - is Slap Shot in need of a remake or not?