Published at: April 28, 2009, 1:20 a.m. CST by quint
Ahoy, squirts! Quint here. Guess it's either a sign of my age or the desperation of studio execs reaching an all time high that they're starting to remake movies I saw in their first run.
But DROP DEAD FRED? Really? Listen, I have a lot of nostalgia for the movie... but it failed miserably, both commercially and critically. The reputation it has now isn't one of those BLADE RUNNER deals where people didn't understand the genius of the film upon initial release, it's of people like me who can view it through nostalgic glasses... and who have an unhealthy attraction to Phoebe Cates.
I guess it makes a little bit of sense... I mean, people have been saying if you're going to remake something, remake something that you can improve, a concept that wasn't fully explored. And the idea of an imaginary friend returning to you in your adulthood, as your world crumbles around you, trying to help and only causing more trouble is a good idea.
They're swapping out Rik Mayall for Russell Brand. No word on who will be playing Phoebe Cates' character... but there aren't many people that have what Cates had. Maybe a Natalie Portman.
Anyway, Universal has LAND OF THE LOST's Dennis McNicholas writing the adaptation. They claim to be going for a BEETLEJUICE vibe with the world of imaginary friends, so that leads me to believe they're going to go crazy with idea.
If they decide to remake LITTLE MONSTERS and have these two out at the same time my eyes will probably roll so hard they'll fall out of my head. What do you folks think?