As someone who saw ‘Red Dawn’ in a drive-in back in 1984, I’m still more than stunned that they ever tried to remake the thing, as steeped in Cold War jingoism and 80s elbow grease as it was.  Still, in a world where every single intellectual property will be returning in one way or another, not quite the bottom of the barrel.  They could remake ‘Night Of The Comet’, f’rinstance, or give us a new version of ‘Heartbeeps’ with Jim Carrey and Kristen Wiig replacing Andy Kaufman and Bernadette Peters.  Heck, as long as they don’t use Seth Rogen in the new version of ‘Real Genius’, I’m okay, leading to today’s launch-booted query…

The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) wonders who they’ll get for the new version of ‘Fletch’, asking: Which property, real or hypothetical, would be the most unnecessary remake of all?

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Matthew Peterson

Matthew Peterson

Once upon a time, there was a young nerd from the Midwest, who loved Matter-Eater Lad and the McKenzie Brothers... If pop culture were a maze, Matthew would be the Minotaur at its center. Were it a mall, he'd be the Food Court. Were it a parking lot, he’d be the distant Cart Corral where the weird kids gather to smoke, but that’s not important right now... Matthew enjoys body surfing (so long as the bodies are fresh), writing in the third person, and dark-eyed women. Amongst his weaponry are such diverse elements as: Fear! Surprise! Ruthless efficiency! An almost fanatical devotion to pop culture!

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3 Comments

  1. Daniel Langsdale
    July 1, 2016 at 12:39 pm — Reply

    I’d have to think that doing a shot-for-shot remake of Psycho was a pretty big “Why?” moment in cinematic history.

  2. July 1, 2016 at 1:49 pm — Reply

    I’m always a little confused with Hollywood remakes of relatively recent foreign films. Some of the originals are much, much better (even when they make theirs almost shot-for-shot like the original, something is often missing that gave the original a little more “oomph”), and personally I’d rather see them try to make a new entry in the franchise rather than making roughly the same movie over again with a Hollywood cast.

  3. Nightshifter73
    July 3, 2016 at 6:35 pm — Reply

    Rocky Horror Picture Show. It’s classic and awful. Don’t mess with perfection

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