City Paper is not for tourists
Perhaps blazing a bold new trail for Hollywood filmmakers, producers Brad Fuller and Andrew Form told Collider.com that they’re likely scrapping plans for a remake of the 1968 Mia Farrow thriller Rosemary’s Baby.
According to Fuller, the pair “talked to the best writers in town and it feels like it might not be doable. We couldn’t come up with something where it felt like it was relevant and we could add something to it other than what it was.”
(Let’s pause to wrap our minds around this.)
Sure, recent remakes of classics such as The Day the Earth Stood Still and Invasion of the Body Snatchers have been tweaked to put a modern spin on their stories (global warming and Iraq, respectively) and allegedly justify their existence. But really, studios and audiences alike know that the only reasons these films are redone are 1) laziness and 2) easy profits, warming up old dishes for a new disposable-income demographic.
Hasn’t really been working out for them — at least regarding those films — but the point is that artistry is not involved. So kudos to Fuller and Form, and let’s hope their example helps stop the remake madness.