I’m probably aging myself a bit by saying this, but as a kid I use to love these wacky television commercials for a electronic store chain called Crazy Eddie. The commercials featured this frenetic insane screaming sweating guy who would end every commercial with the slogan “Crazy Eddie, his prices are IN-SAAAAAAAANNNE!!!” The whole thing was so very “1980’s”. I was amused at the television ads as a kid, but never got a chance to visit any of Crazy Eddie’s 43 northeastern stores. The chain eventually went out of business due to a series of government investigations which ended with Eddie Antar running away to Israel, but later serving eight years in U.S. prison for fraud. Crazy Eddie was probably best known for his commercials, but the crazy guy in his commercials was not actually Eddie.
Well guess what? In a day and age where Hollywood is greenlighting a new movie project based on a board game property every week, they are now moving on to television commercials. Okay, I’m over exaggerating a little bit. Danny DeVito is set to direct a movie based on the famous electronics king who was caught skimming money and falsifying inventory to inflate stock value, and 21 scribe Peter Steinfeld is writing the script. I’ve included a video which contains a bunch of vintage Crazy Eddie television commercials after the jump.
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Arguably the most beloved, foul-mouthed, politically incorrect sports comedy of all time, 1977’s Slap Shot will see a second direct-to-DVD sequel released later this year. Starring Leslie Nielsen, this one focuses on a “junior league” hockey team, alongside the three actors known as the Hanson Brothers (above), who have milked their pseudo-fame in all three films. Make it four. Today, courtesy of YourMovieMaven, we have an update on Universal‘s planned theatrical remake of Slap Shot from screenwriter Peter Steinfeld (21, Analyze That, Be Cool)…
“Right now I’m finishing writing the re-make of the iconic hockey movie Slap Shot for Universal. I’ve never had so many people hate me for writing something they haven’t seen yet. It’s such a classic film and fans of the original feel like I’m grave-robbing or something. But I think the movie will be really fun and will capture what it’s like to play minor league hockey in 2008. We haven’t set cast yet…”
And I agree. This is a cherry on the sundae of suck. I’m sure we can look forward to remakes of Paul Newman’s Cool Hand Luke and The Hustler in the lovely future. Back in February, Steinfeld visited Johnstown, Pennsylvania where the original film took place. He hinted that the script would “adhere” to the ’77 film and its location but needed to, “reflect how the world has changed and how the town has changed in the last 31 years. There have been huge changes to hockey in that time.”
Movies have arguably changed more, just see Linklater’s neutered, wheelchair-accessorized remake of 1976’s The Bad News Bears or the asinine fuss over Tropic Thunder‘s Simple Jack. I highly doubt Universal’s Slap Shot redux will boast any lines this funny and filthy, and the American glee in getting away with murder was the, uh, point.