Remake Round-up: "The Fly", "The Crazies", "A Nightmare on Elm Street"
Three pieces of remake-related news for those interested. First off, apparently Fox's remake of David Cronenberg's The Fly is still happening, according to THR's Risky Business Blog, this time with Cronenberg himself attached as a writer (and possibly as a director). While this is an odd move for Cronenberg, whose seen greater box office success and mainstream acceptance since he switched from horror to crime thrillers, it's not completely befuddling. Cronenberg recently directed Howard Shore's recent opera version of The Fly, which played in Paris and Los Angeles. Maybe he still has insects on the brain.
Source: Risky Business Blog
The trailer for Breck Eisner's "reinvention" of George A. Romero's The Crazies has gone live on Apple Movie Trailers. It's great to see a movie set in Iowa (my home state); apparently Eisner filmed there as well (which is more than J.J. Abrams can say about the clearly-California scenes in Star Trek). The footage here seems to indicate that screenwriters Scott Kosar and Ray Wright have turned Romero's more understated apocalypse into a farmtown version of 28 Days Later. I guess we'll see how that works out on February 26, 2010.
Source: The Sci-Fi Block
What the blogs are all a-buzz about, however, is the teaser trailer for Samuel Bayer's remake of A Nightmare on Elm Street, which is embedded below:
Out of the gate they present us with the pertinent information. It looks like Jackie Earle Haley's Freddy Krueger will have motivations that are somewhat different from Robert Englund's unrepentant child murderer. Some of the dream sequences will be new, but others will be from Craven's original film (the claw in the bathtub being the most direct indicator of this). The cast of young protagonists is, to a person, very good looking. Freddy Krueger has new makeup that's more realistic for a burn victim but less interesting because of it. Overall, the trailer just didn't generate a great deal of enthusiasm from me. Platinum Dunes and company have until April 30, 2010, to convince me to fork over the money to see this one.