Remake Round-Up! Police Academy & Pet Sematary Updates
by Ethan Anderton
March 4, 2010
If anyone is wondering what the future has in store for cinema, well, the answer lies in the 1980s. Two more remakes/reboots are on the way, both having their origins in the glorious neon decade of the 80s as THR's Heat Vision reports that New Line is working on a brand new Police Academy flick, while Paramount and Lorenzo Di Bonaventura have just hired writer Matthew Greenberg for their remake of Stephen King's Pet Sematary (he also wrote the adaptation of King's 1408). The Pet Sematary remake has been gestating for some time while Police Academy is a new reach back into the vault for another recycled film series reboot.
On Police Academy, this is merely an early project announcement with no director, writer, or cast attached yet. However, perhaps some good news for hardcore Police Academy fans, original producer Paul Maslansky is returning for this sequel. Of course, he goes on to spout some safe anticipatory words about the project.
"It's going to be very worthwhile to the people who remember it and to those who saw it on TV. It's going to be a new class. We hope to discover new talent and season it with great comedians. It'll be anything but another movie with a numeral next to it. And we'll most probably retain the wonderful musical theme."
The original 1984 comedy eventually grew to a seven film series which followed the silly exploits of rookie cops after a city decides to open its doors of its police force to any recruit. The misfit officers band together and, of course, save the city. As long as they keep Larvell Jones - the sound effects guy - then all will be fine.
Meanwhile, Pet Sematary has been in the works for a while, at one time attracting the attention of George Clooney from a Mike Werb and Michael Colleary script, the same two who wrote Face/Off. Apparently a trip back into the film library made the project seem worthwhile. King's story focuses on a family that trades the city life for the country life in Maine, then discovers that they have moved near a pet cemetery that rests on an ancient burial ground. When the husband's toddler son is killed in an auto accident, the father takes the boy's body to the cemetery, where it's resurrected in demonic form. Creepy, but we don't need a new one.
And so the remake list just keeps on growing like Monster Blood (I'm sorry but I love that reference), and they're films that don't necessarily need a contemporary update (then again how many remakes really do?). I'll concede that a comedy remake is usually infinitely better and somewhat understandable simply because the humor palette of audiences fluctuates about every ten years. A comedy can be completely different from its predecessor with the exception of vague plot points. But a film like Pet Sematary I can't see changing much in style and presentation, especially because horror nowadays is so cheap with thrills not brought on by genuine fear but silly jump scares from the score. However, I'd love to be proven wrong. Thoughts?