Original Rocky Horror Picture Show writer (and director and star) Richard O’Brien is not involved in the MTV-funded remake, nor will he give it his blessing. This really shouldn’t come as a shock to anyone. O’Brien created Rocky Horror and MTV wants to re-create it and even (horror of all horrors) add new music.
I have no view on whether it should be remade but it doesn’t have my blessing…I’m not co-producing it and I won’t be involved in any way. The first I heard about it was when people sent me cuttings from US papers.
Sadly, I have a feeling that the lack of the original creator’s blessing isn’t going to stop this film from being made.
Having just finished reading Bruce Campbell’s book, If Chins Could Kill: Confessions of a B Movie Actor (which I highly recommend), I’m really excited about the prospect of there being an Evil Dead IV. Bruce spoke to the MTV Movies Blog recently about a timeline and plot for the movie. He says,
Nobody knows anything. I mean if we were really smart, we’d go back to a handheld movie and shoot it in 16mm and find someplace in the middle of nowhere. And have a crew of 10 people. If we were smart.
After reading all about his experiences filming the first (and second, and third) Evil Dead flicks, I think a small crew in the middle of nowhere might bring out the best movie, as he suggests.
ComingSoon.net reports that the latest Harry Potter flick, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, will be released in Summer of 2009. The original release date was November 21st, 2008. This is sure to disappoint some fans, however the movie studio has logical reasoning. They cite the summer season’s success with family films (although I’m not sure Half-Blood Prince quite qualifies for that title) and the WGA strike.
Initially there was a scene in the movie in which she walks topless out of a lake (pictures had surfaced of the scene being filmed, and have since been removed at the request of 20th Century Fox). According to some people who have seen an early screening, the scene is no longer in the movie. What’s worse is that they’re saying the movie is awful anyway.
I wasn’t too psyched about watching Megan Fox try to act (running in tight jeans in Transformers, which may be a talent, is not acting), I was excited to see writer Diablo Cody’s follow-up to Juno.
Jennifer’s Body will be in theaters sometime in 2009, boobies or no boobies.
Pineapple Express pulled in $22.4 million over the weekend but couldn’t beat The Dark Knight‘s $26 million. This weekend’s take brought TDK up to a grand total of $442 million, making it the third biggest movie of all time (behind Star Wars and Titanic).
Movie fans and critics are debating whether or not Knight has the staying power to beat Titanic. The Dark Knight only has to make $159,151,327 more to beat Titanic at the box office. Based on recent numbers, that means it needs to hold on to at least $25 million per week for the next six-and-a-half weeks.
Columbia Pictures has purchased the rights to the Goosebumps series of books by R.L. Stine, according to Variety.
For those of you that weren’t reading teen books in the 90s, Goosebumps is a beloved series of semi-horror novels for the tween-teen set. It’s like Stephen King for beginners. The books had a TV series for a while, but it never quite lived up to the books (or to its rival Are You Afraid of the Dark? TV show). Columbia is thrilled to be making movies from the books and says,
they likely will cast unknown child actors and then pepper the film with well-known thesps in supporting roles, much like Warner did with the Harry Potter franchise.
I am hoping for a big screen version of It Came From Beneath the Sink, since I vaguely remember that book scaring the bejesus out of me when I was a kid.
What other Goosebumps books are you looking forward to seeing in movie form?
I’m a big fan of the Toy Story series, having taken my little brother to see the first one way back in ’95, so any sequel made to it is an automatic must-see for me. Empire Online has details on the third movie’s plot.
Not surprisingly, it includes little Andy going off to college and abandoning his beloved toys at a daycare center. (It reminds me of The Brave Little Toaster, although they were abandoned to a log cabin instead of a daycare.) I’m sure the rest of the plot will involve Woody, Buzz, and the gang trying to find Andy and/or finding a new home.