And if so, why hasn't that news caused riots in the streets?
We have reached a tipping points for passivity, and it is the fault of each and every one of us that has allowed Hollywood to gradually move the line until reaching the point where there's nothing you can say about any of these films, because it's just business as usual.
I ran a column on Ain't It Cool called "Remake This!", and when I started it, I thought it was a mildly distracting trend that would run its course quickly. But that hasn't happened... not at all. Instead, it seems like it's ramped up over the last few years, and now it's just crazy.
Case in point: "Romancing The Stone." When that film came out, it was a last chance for Robert Zemeckis, who had been mentored into the business by Steven Spielberg. He and his writing partner Bob Gale wrote "1941," which was a much-loved script but then became the first overt flop of Spielberg's career, which led many people to point at the writers as the problem. Not Spielberg, though. He believed in them, and he was involved in both "I Wanna Hold Your Hand" and "Used Cars," both of which went belly-up at the box-office. I like "I Wanna Hold Your Hand," but I'm damn near rabid about "Used Cars," which is brilliant. Zemeckis floundered for a few years before getting handed a script by Diane Thomas that easily could have just been turned into a crappy Indiana Jones ripoff. But Thomas was a better writer than that, and Zemeckis recognized something special in her work, so he took his shot, and the result was one of those perfect collisions of commercial appeal and genuine skill on the parts of all involved. That script is one of the greats of the '80s, a sly poke at the notion of romance novels and the men they create, the women that read (and write) them, and the self-interest of treasure hunters. It's packed with great characters, witty dialogue, and high adventure.
And so of course, they're remaking it now with Robert Luketic, director of "Legally Blonde" and "The Ugly Truth," stepping in to direct.