So, the Robocop remake’s probably going to suck.
Presumptious? Not necessarily. There’s something to be said for remaking some films, and some simply are practical: Have you seen “Ringu”? Possibly, but you’ve almost certainly heard of its remake, “The Ring”. Foreign language remakes guarantee a wide American theatrical release – They’re in English. Other occasions, a story may have been very solid but the effects of the time might’ve simply reduced the opportunities to tell it. I don’t think anyone would argue that “The Thing” took “The Thing from another World” into a whole new realm, even though the story’s pretty much the same.
Sometimes remakes take a different tack with their basic story. “The Seven Samurai” has been reintroduced under several times and settings, most famously with “The Magnificent Seven” (Western). “Rear Window” got a Naughties redux as “Disturbia”, and 1960′s horror “Little Shop of Horrors »
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