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Remake Round-Up! Police Academy & Pet Sematary Updates

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March 4, 2010

Police Academy

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?

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  • Jason
    April Fool's come early? Hollywood is making a movie about Asteroids? Missile Command? Monopoly? Space Invaders? "Rebooting" Police Academy and Pet Cemetery? No. Really. This is all a joke, right?
  • Janny
    i don't think even 'epic fail' covers this one
  • People's Champ
    No really big surprise on either of them, especially Pet Sematary. The first P.A. was pretty good back in the 80's.
  • Loser
    Soon there will be an Airwolf movie, Alf, Blue thunder, Cagney and lacey, Columbo, you got Dallas, Different strokes, Equalizer, The Fall guy, Full house, and the list goes on
  • People's Champ
    What about Automan? Or Manimal?
  • Loser
    The Six Million Dollar Man if they are doing stretch armstrong then why not do The Six Million Dollar Man
  • Loser
    Logan's Run, The Gemini Man, The Hardy Boys I should get a job at one of these studios I just started franchises for years to come
  • poo
    Homer Simpson: "We live in a society of laws, why do you think I took you to see all those Police Academy movies? For fun? Well I didn't hear anybody laughing, did you?"
  • http://www.barrynapierwriting.wordpress.com Barry
    What was the first actual remake that did well at the box office? I only ask because I would love to hop into my time machine, go back in time and beat the cast and crew to death with a lead pipe. Or, you know, let the know what they were beginning... Seriously Hollywood...stop this.
  • Loser
    the great train robbery made 1903 remade 1904 if i remember correctly
  • Cineprog
    Com-on Cannot any of these wrighters out there come up with some new Storys and ideas for films in Hollywood now do the studios have to keep reashing old films and doing remakes or reboots that is what is sad about the film industrie to day. What will they be Remaking next Ben Hur/ The Ten comandment's.
  • loser
    wasn`t Ben-Hur a remake of some sort to begin with?
  • http://iconocritic.com peloquin
    @9... That's a very interesting question actually, I wonder what the very first remake/reboot film was. Anyone know?
  • loser
    13 I still say the great train robbery made 1903 remade 1904
  • http://iconocritic.com peloquin
    Thanks loser, it makes sense that The Great Train Robbery was the first remake as that film is widely known for the scene where the train is coming straight at the audience (some people actually jumped out of their seats in the theater). Looks like not much has changed as an enhancement in visual technology is still the reason to develop a reboot to an already existing property.
  • nobody
    spaced invaders anyone?
  • Xerxex
    Pet Sematary? that moive scared the hell outta me when I was a kid, and perhaps a remake would benefit the actual story?
  • Alan Rickman Fist
    I shake at Hollywood and wish an eternal discontent upon your offspring.
  • WB Exec
    TACKLEBERRY!!!!!!!
  • Sally
    More Blue Oyster Bar!

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