Yes, Hollywood boffins are planning to breath life up the kilt of the Highlander movie franchise by remaking the 1986 original cult classic which starred Sean Connery, (a Scotsman playing a Spaniard) and Christopher Lambert, (A Frenchman playing a Scotsman). We heartily admit the original was far from a slice of cinematic perfection and there was plenty of grated cheddar throughout the movie, but that’s what made the film so great it had it’s own charm which people warmed to. Don’t agree? Just look at how the film introduces Sean Connery’s character, for Christ’s sake! The only way you could better this scene would be if you had Connery riding in on a unicorn which was shitting out a rainbow.
But the main reason the crew here are vehemently against a remake is down to the fact that Summit Entertainment film studios, who snatched up the rights to the franchise back in 2008, have hired Melissa Rosenberg to write the script, she of Twilight fame. Yes, the writer of the Twilight movies is going to attempt to recapture the kind of magic which made Highlander so popular the first time around.*drops party bag of Doritos in shock*
The horrendous possibilities are endless but may include the following: angsty teenagers in kilts, angsty teenagers in kilts who are immortal, angsty teenagers in kilts who are immortal and are in a constant state of misery because they are immortal and angsty teenagers in kilts who are immortal and are in a constant state of misery because they are immortal who insist on walking around stripped to the waist. Between this and the prequel to The Thing and a possible remake of The Wild Bunch this year is starting to look like something out of a f@cking Roland Emmerich film.
Hey Rosenberg! There can be only one!
With 2010 now completely out of view we’ve decided to look forward to some movies we think are worth getting a tad excited about. We’ve cherry picked ten non-blockbuster, lesser known movies that the crew here at HMS Friday are dancing the Hempen Jig for. Last year we were surprised and seduced by the likes of major mainstream releases including Inception, Kick-Ass, Scott Pilgrim and How To Train Your Dragon, but there were also some interesting low budget, indie and less well known films which popped up and pleasantly surprised us all. So here are ten smaller titles due for release in the UK over 2011 which we think merit your attention, in no discernible order.
Produced by David Fincher, (Seven, The Game, Zodiac), this animated CGI movie deals with Eric Powell’s graphic novel character The Goon. Accompanied by long time partner in crime Franky, the two misfit characters find themselves in all sorts of bother with supernatural beings, zombies, ghouls, hobos and giant monsters. Expect this film to have a far greater adult feel and theme to it than your average animated feature. The excellent Paul Giamatti and Clancy Brown do the voicing honours.
Leaving tits, ass and penis jokes behind him, (for a while anyway), film director Kevin Smith, (Clerks, Jay & Silent Bob Strike Back), looks to have turned in a far more serious anddarker movie judging by the trailer for Red State. Starring a slew of great character actors including John Goodman and Stephen Root the main lead is fleshed out by the always mesmerising Michael Parks as a religious extremist who, along with his devout congregation, kidnaps and tortures a group of young misfits. Think The Texas Chainsaw Massacre spliced with the Westboro Baptist Church.
Set in the mid 80s Skateland tells the story of a group of friends coming to terms with the closure of their beloved roller rink. Recognising that the winter of their youth is rapidly creeping in some decide to move on, while others realise they can’t. The film stars Ashley Greene, who can also be seen in some low budget vampire movie franchise which we’ve obviously never heard of.
Before you watch the trailer below for this film be warned it does give a large chunk of it’s plot away. That being said the plot is pretty simple, Adrien Brody regains consciousness after a severe car crash in the middle of a dense forest which has left him severely injured and erased his memory. As he struggles to make it back to civilisation he attempts to piece together who he is.
Released at the end of last year in Norway we are still waiting to find out if The Trollhunter will receive a release date here in the UK. Shot in a guerrilla mockumentary style, just like the Blair Witch Project, it charts the progress of a group of Norwegian students investigating a series of mysterious bear killings. Teaming up with a wily old hunter the group begin to realise that things out in the Norwegian countryside is not as it seems.
Guitarist Slash, he of the hair and hat, is putting down the old stratocaster to start up a horror film production company ingeniously entitled Slasher Films. Apparently the man announced this exciting career change at the Sundance Film Festival explaining that he is stepping into the world of movies to make and produce horror flicks for true fans of the genre, who are crying out for character driven and intelligent films rather than the torture porn they’ve been served up recently.
Not one to rest on his laurels top hat Slash has cherry picked four scripts which his company are preparing to work on, Nothing To Fear a demon story about a small town in Kansas which Internet lore describes as being a gateway to hell, Theorem a film about a maths whizz kid who figures out the equation for evil, Wake The Dead where a young college student discovers a process where he reanimate the dead and The Other Kingdom which is being described as your usual ho hum run of the mill zombie apocalypse movie.
Is it just us or are all four of these proposed movies exactly the kind of trash which low budget horror production companies churned out in the late 80s?
Just like a pot of reheated soup there is nothing new or surprising about the fourth installment to the Scream franchise. We haven’t seen the film but judging from the trailer we don’t really need to for it regurgitates all the ingredients of the original and two subsequent sequels. Victims from the past, still traumatized by the events which changed their lives forever, team up with a fresh batch of cannon fodder as the spooky killer with a knife rises once more and starts to kill again.
But the agony doesn’t end there this film is only the first of a planned fresh trilogy of Scream movies from screenwriter Kevin Williamson, (Dawson’s Creek, I Know What You Did Last Summer, Scream), which will all be directed by Wes Craven, ( A Nightmare On Elm Street, The Hills Have Eyes, Scream).
Hollywood is gearing up to remake Sam Peckinpah’s seminal western epic The Wild Bunch, (our reaction to this news here). Apparently the success of the Cohen’s Brother’s recent release True Grit, which netted $129M at the box office, has given this proposal real legs after it had sat dormant for so long. No confirmed word yet on any casting or directing duties as it seems Warner Brothers are only toying with the notion at this stage, but even that doesn’t bode well.
Movie website Slashfilm have all the gory details surrounding this horrific idea along with information on the reboot of the Lethal Weapon franchise, (without the return of Adolf and Glover), and a possible remake of Westworld, which we are already betting will star Will Smith.
Word is burning through the Internet like alien blood through body armour that two key cast members for the third Batman film have now been officially announced. Warner Brothers along with director Christopher Nolan have confirmed that actress Anne Hathaway will slip into the role of Catwoman in The Dark Knight Rises…in his pants!
…and actor Tom Hardy, (he of Bronson and Inception fame), will play steroid muscleman Bane, who once famously broke Batman’s back in the graphic novels comics.
We here are of the opinion that a third villain will be eventually announced to coincide with the number of films which would round things off nicely, but we’re not about to guess who or what that character that will be. Many insiders believe this will be the last Batman movie Nolan helms but consider that the franchise will continue.