Discussion in 'Science Fiction & Fantasy' started by Dusty Ayres, Jun 6, 2010.
If you can get him out of retirement...I would be all over that score!
Dunno about that.
Now, Warlords Of Atlantis, The Land That Time Forgot, The Devil Rides Out and Horror Express are probably the ones that would vie for being my replacement ambition..
Are the people who are being cynical not paying attention to who is in charge of this remake? The guys doing Tron Legacy seem to have a damned firm grip on how to follow up films of that era. The atmosphere evident in the Legacy trailer is spooky as hell and spot on; not a cheap cash in by people who don't understand the original films.
Tron: Legacy is a sequel, not a remake; secondly, having your protagonists be space explorers come upon a lost ship captained by a super-smart madman reminiscent of Captain Nemo is not the same as Star Wars by a longshot: it's more reminiscent of classic hard science fiction novels and Star Trek (the U.S.S. Palomino was exploring space like the U.S.S. Enterprise did on TV). Star Wars had little to do with it-it was more like Twenty Thousands Leagues Under The Sea by way of 2001: A Space Odyssey mixed with Star Trek (a recent movie, Supernova as well as Sunshine were also like this, and so also was Solaris.)
I can't wait for Tron: Legacy and a Black Hole remake would be sweet.
The Cygnus kicked all kinds of ass and was creepy as hell.
I hope they show the black hole with an accretion disk drawing matter away from at least one stellar source, instead of empty space. That would be sweet! I haven't seen a black hole depicted in a multi-star system with an accretion disk on TV ever, except for maybe that one time, in Singularity from Season 2 of Enterprise (2002), but that's it, I think. Don't hold me to that, though. I wouldn't want to make an absolute statement and be quickly proven wrong or anything.
Good description. True, Disney was motivated by the success of Star Wars to try to create its own SF epic, but that was just a business influence, not a creative influence.
If there are any other exceptions, I'm not aware of them. I didn't even remember "Singularity" (since pretty much that whole season of ENT is very forgettable). But I should've known that if anyone would get the astrophysics visuals right, it'd be those guys. The writers/producers of ENT may have been all about the crazy technobabble, but the designers knew their stuff.
I'm with Christopher...I heartened by the idea of this movie having some real black hole science behind it...
(I mean sure, they'll probably have to take some liberties for plot reasons...but it would be nice if they gave us some hard sci-fi based on real astronomy & physics. and there is some real wiz-bang amazing stuff about black holes - stuff that can give a film a real sense of wonder and mystery...and make it *smart*.)
I'd love to see the Palomino being a small follow-up search mission to find up with happened to a previous expedition by the Cygnus to the super-massive blackhole at the center of the Milky Way...
I'm pretty sure the one in Dr Who's The Impossible Planet/The Satan Pit does as well
Next they'll remake Silent Running.
Hope not. While it has a couple of plot holes you could drive a truck through, Silent Running features an amazing performance by Bruce Dern, wonderful visual style, and three of the spiffiest sci-fi robots ever. No remake is going to able to match any of it. Best not to tempt fate by trying to do so.
Always loved the concept and the eerie and atmospheric setting of the original movie. Unfortunately the writing, characters, and robots all felt like they came out of a cornball 1950s scifi movie. Could never quite figure that out. It's like two movies from completely different eras got jammed together somehow. lol
Well, considering that it was Disney's first attempt to make a more adult-oriented movie than the kind they were used to doing, it makes sense that the end result would have that kind of hybrid quality.
Was that the one with Booger's wedding or the one when Louis shuns his nerd roots? I guess I could imdb it, but...
I'm kind of ashamed to say I've seen them all.. RotN II had it's subtle charms, but III and IV were just beyond awful.
Absolutely, that gothic music makes the opening scenes up until the point where they land on the Cygnus one of my favourites in sci fi! Admittedly, I watched it as a young boy but it was the first major sci fi movie I saw where some of the main characters ended up dead - so I loved it. VINCENT was no Muffet 2 but he was pretty cool to a kid.
Unfortunately, many modern remakes seem to have lost the ability to generate suspense. I watched the remake of the Andromeda Strain - it was really workmanlike and they replaced the credible middle-aged scientists with a bunch of 25-35 year old good looking men and women.
The remake of Assault on Precinct 13 was pretty good though, so it can be done.
The world needs a good remake of The Devil Rides Out.
The original is still fun, but it's marred by crappy special effects, and by one of the least convincing Satanic orgies ever filmed.
If you were a studio type offering me money, I'd be on it like a shot.
what next? will someone want to remake Forbidden Planet too?
They already have. It's called "Star Trek".
Other than the one JMS is writing for Joel Silver?
On a related note, we *do* need a movie version of Return To The Forbidden Planet...
What we REALLY need is for someone with talent to take a new look at UNIDENTIFIED FLYING ODDBALL, a Dennis Dugan classic from the late '70s that featured a pretty cool looking mini-shuttle.
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