Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Hollyweirdland, TRON 2.0, and Clash of the Titans

Hollyweirdland seems to be the "tread on me" capital of the world. Just when an audience has almost forgotten a TV series or movie existed they dredge it up, smack it around like a ghetto pimp beating on a runaway, then turn it out wearing flimsy tarted up threads to make money for them. Alas Hollyweird's track record with banking on nostalgia with remakes and "re-envisioned" movies seems to be a 10:1 ratio of high-quality mediocre crap to decent well craft entertainment.

Alas you can never tell which end of the ratio a movie will fall in as there's good movies that get ruined by the biblical flood of hype Hollyweird inundates the public with. This can be a problem as some remakes should probably not publicize their cast while those lesser known 'properties' that could use the publicity never get it.

For instance mention the LAND OF THE LOST movie on certain forums and fanbois will descend on your post like the wrath of G-d out of the old testament. And all because Will Ferrell was cast as the father. For those who don't know Land of the Lost was an 70s series that most of us probably never thought would get the movie treatment. And not just because it originally aired on Saturday morning television between 1974 to 1976, LotL was fairly campy. Considering Hollyweird appears to have dropped the ball on announced movie projects for CONAN, RED SONJA, and even Edgar Rice Burrough's John Carter of Mars it's baffling to see what sort of movies do get green lit.

Tron came out in 1982, is probably all but forgotten by a very small niche group of fans, yet it's getting the remake treatment. (Not complaining!) But what sort of movie will Disney's TRON 2.0 be? Just look at some recent article headlines. .

Supermodel Serinda Swan Added To "Tron 2.0" Cast

You add a supermodel for one of two reasons. 1) to add sex appeal, or 2) to generate controversy about sex appeal to stir up the media to generate free PR ala articles like. .

Just How Sexy Will Tron 2 Get?, which speculates "This may not be your daddy's Tron, if an interview with one actress who appears in the Disney sequel is to be believed." But they also note "This could get ooky pretty quick." Other headlines grab you right away without any subtlety Serinda Swan Is One Of Four Temptresses In Tron 2.0.

Yet these articles are little more than short fluff pieces written around the following quote (apparently taken from a TV Guide article): "Yeah. Beau Garrett (Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer), these two other actresses and I play temptresses from inside the computer world. We're sort of the main guy's go-to girls. There are lights actually sewn into our wardrobe, so it's like nothing you've seen before!"

But it's not all bad. TRON 2.0 has largely been embraced by the fans. Sadly for every TRON 2.0 there's those 10 other movie remake tragedies. Movies like THE FOG, PROM NIGHT, THE AMITYVILLE HORROR, PLANET OF THE APES, CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY, THE PINK PANTHER, HOUSE OF WAX, GODZILLA, THE WICKER MAN, or the oft criticized PSYCHO. None of which were heralded with much glee by fans of the originals. And notice that list doesn't even touch on the numerous TV series movie retreads or announced remakes that may, or may not, be in production. Remakes for such diverse movies as: Karate Kid, Footloose, True Grit, Ben-Hur, or Clash of the Titans. The latter apparently having Gemma Arterton just announced as joining the cast which, humorously, according to the article in that link, currently consists of her and Sam Worthington (Perseus).

Considering I remember posting about the Clash of the Titans remake- and the not-quite-backlash but concern it was going to turn into a CGI crapfest- at least a year or two ago one wonders what sort of fanboi backlash this will generate if it ever actually gets into the production stage. Hopefully nothing as bad as that surrounding Glen A. Larson's announcement of a desire to do a Battlestar Galactica movie. Truly, Hollweirdland seems to be the "tread on me" capital of the world.

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1 comment:

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