7 items from 2015
It takes a certain degree of hubris to sign on to a "Peter Pan" movie at this point. J.M. Barrie's play/book/beloved cultural icons are enormously malleable as a story, and there are plenty of fans of the Walt Disney animated version as well as Steven Spielberg's "Hook" and even P.J. Hogan's "Peter Pan." All of those films tackle different parts of the iconography in different ways, and there have been some heavy hitters involved. The Disney film is one of their best features, especially if you're just considering the old school Disney films, and I think it's one of the moments where the Disney animators got everything right. They'd made enough movies in a row by that point to have developed a shorthand, and a style, and a confidence. "Peter Pan" may have some unfortunate moments in terms of cultural sensitivity, but I would argue »
- Drew McWeeny
Escape from New York, 1981.
Directed by John Carpenter.
In 1997, when the Us President crashes into Manhattan, now a giant maximum security prison, a convicted bank robber is sent in for a rescue.
Conversations about major big budget genre filmmakers of the 70s and 80s tend to center around Lucas and Spielberg, with Kubrick usually thrown into the mix, but John Carpenter deserves a spot in those talks too, even if he typically worked with a much smaller budget than those guys. Look at Halloween, The Fog, The Thing, Big Trouble in Little China, They Live, and this review’s subject, Escape from New York: That’s quite a run of films that are well remembered by many fans today, even if they didn’t all set the box office ablaze. »
- Gary Collinson
Scream Factory has most certainly done a fine job of bringing a lot of John Carpenter’s filmography to genre fans everywhere. With great collector’s edition Blurays of everything from Carpenter’s Prince Of Darkness, They Live and Assault On Precinct 13, to the complete Halloween collection and even Carpenter’s Body Bags anthology. It’s been great to see some of my favorite films not only being re-released with amazing new transfers and sound, and to see films like The Fog and various other Carpenter films find new audiences and appreciation due to the resurgence that the gang at Sf have helped kickstart.
Adding to the growing Carpenter lineup at Sf, is today’s brand new release of the master of horror’s 1981 action classic, Escape From New York. With a brand new 2K scan of the inter-positive and an almost endless supply of supplemental material, this release »
- Jerry Smith
Now Whitta isn’t the first man to attempt this. Seth Rogen was looking to get a remake of the 1984 cult movie written by Jonathan R. Betuel and directed by Nick Castle. Sadly for Rogen, the rights to The Last Starfighter were not for sale. Rogen tried for years and would eventually lament his pains to Steven Spielberg, who tried to convince Betuel to give up the rights but he wouldn’t budge. And if Steven Spielberg can’t get the rights, then who even has a chance?
There was a rumour back in 2008 that The Last Starfighter was heading for a sequel when a script was doing the rounds simply titled Starfighter. All indications were that it »
- Luke Owen
Though not a substantial hit when it first arrived in theaters way back in 1984, The Last Starfighter, renowned for being one of the first movies to ever use CGI visual effects, has gained quite a cult audience over the years. A remake seems like a no brainer, especially with its timely story of a video game obsessed teenager who is called upon to save the universe. But that may not happen anytime soon according to writer Gary Whitta, who loves the idea of doing a reboot. Unfortunately, it seems the rights are currently tied up and almost impossible to obtain.
Remaking The Last Starfighter is Gary Whitta's dream project. And he's not alone. There are apparently many in the industry who would love to take on the project. About remaking The Last Starfighter, the former Star Wars Spin-Off writer states:
"Man, I wish. I'm one of a very long »
Kurt Russell starred as the iconic one-eyed anti-hero Snake Plissken in the original Dystopian action film, released by Avco Embassy in 1981. Studiocanal owned the rights to the film, which had several suitors, and was won by Fox’s Mike Ireland on the back of the studio’s competitive bid.
Also Read: ‘Alphaville’ Remake in the Works From ‘Twin Peaks’ Cinematographer, Studiocanal (Exclusive)
- Travis Reilly
In a new announcement from distributors Scream Factory, it looks like the famous Snake Plissken will be returning to the small screen in a brand-new Blu-ray release of John Carpenter’s Escape from New York on April 21st.
While the specifications and special features are yet to be confirmed, the film is going to be remastered with a brand-new HD transfer for the release from the original. See details below, and the newly-commisioned artwork cover…
–Here’s an exclusive first look at the official newly-commissioned artwork which comes courtesy to us from artist Paul Shipper ( Halloween: The Complete Collection). Snake is centrally focused of course, but we felt that it was important to showcase the incredible ensemble cast who are all »
- Scott J. Davis
7 items from 2015
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