Since No One Asked, Paramount is Remaking 80s Sci-Fi 'Explorers'

March 12, 2014
Source: THR


When it comes to remakes nowadays, no one is really clamoring for any of them. But that doesn't stop studios from picking up old properties, especially from the 80s, and making them new again. THR has word on the latest with Paramount Pictures commissioning Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol writers Josh Appelbaum and Andre Nemec to produce a remake of the 80s teenage sci-fi adventure Explorers. The original film followed three teen boys who create a homemade spaceship and blast off into the unknown and find a race of aliens who might be more than meets the eye. It's pretty easy to see how this could be remade.

Better Living Through Chemistry writing and directing Geoff Moore and Dave Posamentier will script the film, but they won't be behind the camera. Joe Dante was behind the original, so it would be nice to find an up and coming sci-fi director to take the helm. Actually, my pick would be William Eubank, who delivered the compelling sci-fi The Signal at Sundance earlier this year (read Alex's review right here). The original film has become a sort of classic for kids who grew up with the film that marked the big screen debuts of a young Ethan Hawke and River Phoenix, but it's not exactly sacred ground. The tone being cited for the remake would be something akin to the delayed time travel adventure Welcome to Yesterday, so it could turn out to be a fun little flick. Stay tuned.

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  • Lin Group
    Fun kid movie, forgot all about it til it came on one day a few years ago.
  • Brian Sleider
    Could be fun. Loved the original.
  • Fidel Reyes
    Too many remakes :(
  • SkyNet300
    I'm so tired of people complaining about remakes. You don't want to see it? BYE! no one is putting a gun to your head. People are so stupid lol
    • cobrazombie
      And complainers complaining about complainers...
      • SkyNet300
        Awwwww someone hates remakes more than he should wah wah wah lol 😉
  • Rock n Rollllll
    This is the cinema world we live in now a days, remakes remakes remakes. Ive said it before and i'll say it again, if your intentions are to watch the remake hoping that it will mirror the original version, i'm afraid you will ultimately be left disappointed. You have to watch these movies with a fresh pair of eyes and enjoy/not enjoy them for what they are.
  • Michael McRorey
    Would rather see the second story that picks up where the first ends. Will probably see it, to see their version.
  • TheOct8pus
    I loved the original, when I was 12 years old, but the special effects and dialogue are definitely outdated. I'm not keeping my expectations high, but with a good script and some fresh plot points, this could be a good movie.
  • cuckoozey
    Haha, nice headline Ethan...
  • Gex
    This is one remake I don't mind. Wanna know why? Because the original movie could use some improving. The ending is weird, the time spent on the alien world could've been done a bit better, and there's more potential that can be exploited than what the original did. Long story short, the story can be done better, and hopefully this remake can do it. This is a much better idea than remaking fucking Robocop or Total Recall.
  • Akirakorn
    Damn it... I swallowed my gum.
  • ThunderMath
    I liked the movie up until they introduced the alien garbage. Should just be a movie about a kid scientist and his friends.
  • SkyNet300
    Seriously guys don't watch it if you don't like remakes. lots of people like remakes so get over it.




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