More Hollywood Remakes: Romancing the Stone, Arthur, They Live
by Alex Billington
December 4, 2008
Instead of dishing out a complete article for each and every one of these painful Hollywood remakes today, I thought I'd throw them together into one big article. That way you can minimize your anger and frustration at Hollywood and save your energy for other more worthwhile things. Fox is remaking Romancing the Stone, a 1984 adventure romance, with Daniel McDermott set to write. British comedian Russell Brand will remake Arthur, a 1981 comedy that starred Dudley Moore, for Warner Brothers. And lastly, Universal is remaking John Carpenter's 1988 film They Live, but doesn't have a writer on board yet.
The one that really interests me is They Live, which was part sci-fi thriller and part social satire, about a construction worker that finds sunglasses that let him see aliens walking among us and controlling humanity. It's known for a five minute fight scene and the line, "I have come here to chew bubblegum and kick ass… and I'm all out of bubblegum." My worry is that this seems like a task as monumental as remaking Army of Darkness - and I hope they don't screw it up. Neither Romancing the Stone or Arthur deserve any more mention than they've already received, as I expect them to be forgettable remakes.
Reader Feedback - 16 Comments
Remaking Arthur is almost Sacreligious. That film is Dudley Moore's. End of story. As for They Live -Im a huge Piper fan and really like the film although I don't have a problem with a big budget remake. I though Douglas was going to star in a 3rd Romancing the Stone. Holy Cow the remakes are coming fast and furious! Chuck
entertainmenttodayandbeyond.com on Dec 4, 2008
They Live was a work of art. Doesn't need remade, a story in a similar vein would be good, but why remake? The other two remakes are like being stabbed in the eyes with a frozen weasel til your brain dribbles out your ear, were they not throwaway enough when they were first made. They need to start killing writers when they suggest these stupid remakes, that would make the lazy bastards buck up their ideas, I still can't believe they actually had the balls to go on strike and then come back with this complete rubbish.
Crapola on Dec 4, 2008
I have never seen Romancing the Stone or Arthur, but what I have seen is They Live and that movie is a classic (in my opinion) and I would definitatly like to see a remake of it. They can easily make the movie more epic and have more stuff going on in it (with a longer running time also, if thats not to much to ask for). Overall I'll definately pass on seeing a remake of those other two movies, but a remake of They Live has the potential to be a good movie! Oh, and I when I meant "epic" I mean it, as in like $100Million+ Budget Epic!
mrmedia1994 on Dec 4, 2008
I'm disappointed to hear about Romancing the Stone but remakes don't surprise me anymore whatever. I hated Arthur the first time around and with Russell Brand in it I'm sure I'll feel the same way the second time around.
janet on Dec 4, 2008
I don't like this one bit. Not one bit.
Nada on Dec 4, 2008
This scene from They Live can't possibly be remade with justice. Greatest fight scene ever. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wqKFadyJxwg If they remake They Live it better be different characters in a different place realizing the same things. Not Nada and Frank. I don't care about the other two movies.
Viper on Dec 4, 2008
Damn...some idiot edited the video I just posted... Here is the real full fight scene... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EsZpdUUdd3I
Viper on Dec 4, 2008
jeebus, talk about running on empty for original ideas. romancing the stone? romancing the fucking stone? we're just 24 years removed for christ's sakes. unbelievable.
Tom on Dec 4, 2008
They Live is a low-budget John Carpenter classic/cult and should stay that way! On the other hand, it's worth being noticed by a wider audience. In this post (25 Anime remakes: Hollywood’s new cash cow) I've already suggested Hollywood is looking for new cash cows and I guess they are getting more desperate every day...!
Tschai on Dec 4, 2008
Whoa, I never knew that's what South Park was parodying in their Cripple Fight episode...how very interesting. PUT ON THE HAT TIMMY! Gonna have to watch this in its entirety tonight.
Peloquin on Dec 4, 2008
Don't mess with "They Live". Is nothing sacred? Thanks for the scene Viper!
D-9 on Dec 4, 2008
I liked Romancing the Stone as it was. In the past and a cute movie. Please dear lord stay away from it. As for Arthur, damn damn damn! DON'T MESS WITH A CLASSIC! HAVE RESPECT FOR ONE OF MOORE'S MOST WELL KNOWN ROLE!
Hyacinth on Dec 4, 2008
Hollywood is fucked up at the moment.
avoidz on Dec 4, 2008
No sir, I don't like it.
kevjohn on Dec 5, 2008
the best way to deal with this sh*t is simple...JUST DONT SPEND YOUR $$$ ON THIS TRASH....when the assholes that promote this no-talent bullshit lose their ass on it a few times they will no longer be able to continue...how totally pathetic....
cornholio_by_the_sea on Dec 6, 2008
Hollywood; I say we take off and nuke the site from orbit. It's the only way to be sure...
Fed Up With Hollywood on Jul 31, 2009
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