I understand the role remakes play in Hollywood and for the most part I’m fine with it. But when I can’t get through a single work day without reporting on another remake, the grind gets a old. Today it’s a corker: Bloody-Disgusting reports that Alex Winter (yeah, that Bill and Ted Alex Winter) has found financing for his proposed 3D remake of The Gate, which origially starred a very young and round-faced Stephen Dorff as a kid who finds a gate to a prison containing ancient demons. Naturally, they want to take over the world, just like the army of remakes we’ve been facing down for the last few years. Read More »
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A few years ago, rumblings started in regards to a remake of the 1987 floor-bursting creature feature The Gate. According to Production Weekly’s reliable Twitter, it’s now moving forward with director/un-Ted, Alex Winter, at the helm and will satiate today’s masses with devilish imps in glorious 3D. With no real evidence whatsoever, Devin at CHUD suggests that original star, Stephen Dorff, is free to reprise his role. Hey, he worked with Christian Bale on Public Enemies: he can obviously still deal with a hell hole…bad jk.
The original PG-13 film is a nostalgia boner for many thanks to the suburban setting, a large helping of stop-motion effects, and a plot that spoofs the then-controversy over heavy metal. It also exploited the golden days when kids were fascinated by mysterious holes in the ground that, sadly, they often dug themselves. See also: The Pit. Last year, Winter was hired to pen Howard Stern’s endless wet dream/remake of Rock ‘n’ Roll High School and probably failed to see Lost Boys: The Tribe because it was an abortion.
Discuss: C’mon, this is one remake you can’t really get mad at, amirite?
Howard Stern has hired Alex Winter, best known as Bill from Bill & Ted, to pen a remake of the 1979 cult film Rock ‘n’ Roll High School. The original Roger Corman-produced musical comedy told the story of a group of rebellious students take over a high school with the help of The Ramones. Winter has recently transitioned into a filmmaker, but it is unclear if he will helm the project, if greenlit. Winter made his feature directorial debut with the 1993 cult classic Freaked. Most recently, Winter directed the Ben 10: Race Against Time television movie.
The project is part of a set of remakes which Stern acquired in 2002, the other being a remake of the teen comedy Porky’s. Stern had said that he was leaning more towards using an established rock group for the upcoming remake, rather than inventing or choosing an unknown band for the film. I think this project will hinge on the musical talent, as the music was such a huge part of the original film. It might also be hard to incorporate a real rock band without it coming off as super cheesy.
“Closer to 50!”
Remember when we reported last week that Keanu Reeves flicked his hand dismissively at the notion of all sequels? Well, we lied. Actually, the Internets lied. Sort of. Reeves talked to MTV about a second sequel to his amazing Bill and Ted’s filmography following 1991’s Bill and Ted’s Bogus Journey, and said he remains stoked on headbanging in a phone booth with co-star Alex Winter aka Bill S. Preston, Esquire but not until they’re 50. Also, there might be a bathroom stop in Bummerville because Reeves says a remake is on the horizon…
“I hear they’re doing a remake,” Reeves said of the movie that launched him to fame. “[Alex Winter and I spoke] on the phone the other day [about it]. We’re great friends.
“The most serious we ever got was a few years ago,” he confessed of a hitherto unknown third film. “I had once mentioned about doing it when we were 40. Now maybe the only shot we have is to do it when we’re 50.”
Winter and Reeves are both in their early 40s, which is unfortunate because another sequel could probably be a big hit and I’m all for Valley Speak making a brute force comeback to the well-quaffed ire of Jeff Wells at Hollywood Elsewhere. Which reminds my ego: I once threw a Bill and Ted’s party at a log cabin in Miami complete with a phone booth stuffed with unmentionable antics and a massive UM football player dressed Socratically who dragged a keg onto the street, sat on it, batted others away, and nursed the tap like a goat teat. Wyld Stallyns, get it together and go for the trilogy, and bring William Sadler. [Belch]
Requisite Alex Winter Update: Alex Winter has directed a Big Pharma-comedy called We’re Here to Help starring Alan Rickman (Hans) that is due this year. Go Winter!
Bill and Ted’s Remake Update: Apparently Moviehole has gotten wind of the remake, and they report it will likely go straight-to-DVD. The gist? The “phone” is “funkier.” I’m guessing this means cell phone > phone booth. (LAME.) The new Bill and Ted are 10th graders. They meet snooze-worthy historical figures like Ghandi and Calamity Jane. Remake has fewer “Whoa”‘s. (LAME). “Cool and hip” references aplenty including a “we’re going to miss The Dark Knight!” scene. Wyld Stallions? No, this time it’s the “Atomic Gorillas.” (LAME.) Worthy? The site says it mostly depends on who they cast. Bummer.
Discuss: Do you miss the “phone booth?” Who had more gnarlitude, Bill or Ted? Are these movies smartly stupid or stupidly smart?
“Is that a sequel?”
Constantine is a prime example of an R-rated comic book movie that almost nailed it but stumbled into an abyss of mediocrity. Like Hellboy, which wasn’t too great either but had an equally killer premise lingering in the dark side, Constantine could actually benefit from a sequel. Unlike Hellboy, which has a very cool-looking sequel at bat this summer (speaking of which, it’s rather quiet, no?), Constantine‘s title star Keanu Reeves says a once rumored second installment to the Hellblazer Vertigo comics series, Constantine 2, isn’t going to happen. The original film’s director, Francis Lawrence, has been pretty vocal about his desire to do a sequel since its release in 2005, and you may recall that Lawrence just had a megaton hit on his hands with I Am Legend.
Reeves, who is currently talking up his December 2009 sci-fi remake epic The Day the Earth Stood Still, went on to tell IESB that he sees no sequels in his future. So, not only can you ixnay an ideal Bill & Ted’s reunion, but those hoping for a cameo by a certain agent Johnny Utah in Peter Iliff’s Point Break 2 (which is presumably still on for 2009 in lieu of Patrick Swayze’s cancer diagnosis), should take a deep, enjoyable sniff off some Mr. Zog’s Sex Wax and get real. As always, Slashfilm will keep you updated as the World of Keanu spins round and round.
Discuss: Constantine 2, was there something there? Point Break 2 without Keanu? Worth a watch? Would you watch Bill’s Journey?
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Bad News: MGM Studios and 360 Pictures have joined forces with horror producer Frank Mancuso Jr. to make a sequel to the Bill and Ted movies. But it gets even worse, if that’s possible. The new movie will not see the return of he original leads Keanu Reeves and Alex Winter. Both stars had made comments in the past suggesting they would be interested to reprise their roles, but according to the The Los Angeles Times, “Reeves’ agent advised him against it because he was concerned it would ruin his career.” Writers Gabe Grifoni and Suzanne Francis (Wieners) have already turned in an outline for the straight-to-DVD feature.
The Bill and Ted series followed two teenagers who traveled through time using a worm-hole traveling phone booth. The first film, Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure was actually a pretty clever comedy. The 1991 sequel, Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey – not so much. The new Bill and Ted film is said to be going into production later this year. No word on if George Carlin will return as Rufus. We’re also not sure if this will be a sequel, remake or complete spin-off. Why must the studio continue to rape the movie franchises from our past for a quick DVD buck?