Today there was news that Laim Neeson is to play Hannibal in a new A-Team film, and last week it was reported that there would be a remake of the classic Total Recall which starred Arnold Schwarzenegger, but do we really need these, and can anyone believe that they will be any good?
Is anybody expecting that these new versions will become classics. or is it more likely that they are just being used to milk a bit more out of the fanboys? I can perhaps see the reasoning about a big-screen version of the A-Team as there is no real story to stick to apart from the basic premise that there are wanted for crimes they didn?t commit..yada yada yada, and the film can go wherever it wants, but this isn?t the case for Total Recall. In my eyes it is a classic and there is no need for a remake, but Columbia Pictures wants to make a ?contemporised adaptation? and I can?t help thinking that it is just taking an easy way out to put another film on the production line.
I?m sure there are remakes of films that are actually better than the originals, which we may never of heard of, but I get annoyed when films, regarded by many as classics, get this treatment. Did we need a ?Get Carter? starring Sylvester Stallone? did we need an Italian Job starring Mark Wahlberg?
Money talks in Hollywood, and the thing to understand is that they make films, not to entertain, but to make money. Entertainment is just a byproduct of making a commercially viable film.