10 items from 2008
Y'know, for every horror flick that gets a remake, there must be like ... dozens that don't! And since Platinum Dunes is a production company that enjoys dabbling in the horror remake department, it's good to know they won't just Chase popular titles for the hell of it. According to Filmstalker (and a variety of other sources), the company behind the remakes of Texas Chainsaw Massacre, The Amityville Horror, The Hitcher, Friday the 13th, and (eventually) The Birds and A Nightmare on Elm Street is dropping its formative plans on remakes of Roman Polanski's classic chiller Rosemary's Baby and Kathryn Bigelow's cult fave Near Dark.
The reasons are both basic and uninteresting ("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 so we're now not going to be doing that film."), but at »
- Scott Weinberg
First Near Dark, now the devil baby is being miscarried. While the announcement was premature in the first place, Platinum Dunes has now openly claimed that they are now not part of Paramount Pictures' remake of Rosemary's Baby. The 1968 horror film from legendary director Roman Polanski followed a young couple who move into a new apartment, only to be surrounded by peculiar neighbors and occurrences. When the wife becomes mysteriously pregnant, paranoia over the safety of her unborn child begins controlling her life. Fuller explains, "We went down that road and we even talked to the best writers in town and it feels like it might not be do-able. We couldnt come up with something where it felt like it was relevant and we could add something to it other than what it was so were now not going to be doing that film." »
Michael Bay's production company Platinum Dunes has become the King of the Horror Remake (Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Amityville Horror, Friday The 13th), but even they may have their limits. We just recently heard they returned their proposed remake of Near Dark to the casket (for the moment), and now it sounds like their intended update of Roman Polanski's chilling masterpiece Rosemary's Baby is getting stuffed back into the womb. As Dunes producer Brad Fuller tells Collider: "We went »
- Dave Davis
A proposed remake of Roman Polanski's horror classic Rosemary's Baby has been shelved. Platinum Dunes producers Andrew Form and Brad Fuller have revealed that the project has been abandoned after writers failed to come up with a new spin on the 1968 film. "We went down that road and we even talked to the best writers in town and it feels like it might not be do-able," Fuller told (more) »
- By Lara Martin
The movie producers behind a planned remake of 1968 horror classic Rosemary's Baby have dropped plans for a new film.
But the pair has been forced to admit they haven't been able to conceive a fresh angle which would make a new version credible.
Form tells Collider.com, "We went down that road and we even talked to the best writers in town and it feels like it might not be do-able. 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, so we're now not going to be doing that film." »
Polanski and wife Sharon Tate. (Photo copyright David Bailey)
It's been thirty years since director Roman Polanski fled the United States for exile in France rather than face jail time in relation to his guilty plea that he had sex with a 13 year-old girl. Polanski, the acclaimed director of such films as Rosemary's Baby and Chinatown, had made Hollywood his adopted home- though his life there was marred by tragedy and scandal beginning with the murder of his pregnant wife Sharon Tate at the hands of the Charles Manson "Family" in 1969. Polanski was staying at the home of actor Jack Nicholson (who was not present), when the sexual encounter with the young girl occurred. A new documentary reveals alleged misconduct on the part of the prosecutor in the case and Polanski is citing this revelation as a basis to have the charge dropped against him. The girl involved is now »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Cinema Retro)
Damn straight! A very special double feature celebrating one of our heroes, the great William Castle. For two nights only: Wednesday Sept 24 and Thursday Sept 25. Click here for details and to purchase tickets.
We will present the fascinating new documentary SPINE-TINGLER - THE WILLIAM CASTLE STORY and then show Mr. Castle's magnum opus THE TINGLER in the miracle of Percepto, in which select seats are wired to give an (hopefully non-debilitating) electric "tingle" to the lucky persons sitting in them. If everything works out alright there won't be any serious injuries but we will require an audience waiver. And if you've got a pacemaker - stay home and take it easy for this one.
SPINE-TINGLER - THE WILLIAM CASTLE STORY (2008, D. Jeffrey Schwartz, 84 min.)
There's no greater icon of showmanship than William Castle. When the rest of Hollywood was shivering in its boots over the impact of TV on the bottom line, »
- email@example.com (Lars Nilsen)
Actress-turned-activist Mia Farrow is launching an attack on China's Beijing Olympics games by airing her own "Darfur Olympics" from a refugee camp on the Sudan-Chad border.
The Unicef Goodwill Ambassador will air footage online of homeless children playing sports as well as interviews with Darfurian women which will be accompanied by tracks contributed by pop stars including R.E.M. Bette Midler and Taleb Kweli.
The Rosemary's Baby star will launch the first webcast on Friday to coincide with the opening ceremony of the summer sporting event and new episodes will air on each day of the first week of the official games.
Farrow spoke to the Associated Press on Thursday via satellite telephone from Chad urging people to skip the "opening propaganda ceremony" in Beijing to "watch the opening ceremony we put together".
She added: "The Olympic Games should be cause for celebration... the decision to hold the games in Beijing is beyond comprehension."
With China underwriting the suffering in Darfur and hosting the Olympic games at home there is an incongruity that everyone attending the game participating in the games and covering the games can't ignore."
The human rights activist has been campaigning against the Beijing Olympics because of China's trade links with Sudan - where more than 300000 people have been killed and more than two million made refugees by famine and war since civil war broke out in 2003. »
American actress Mia Farrow has hailed her harrowing campaign to end violence in Sudan's Darfur region as the "most important endeavour" of her life.
The Rosemary's Baby star has publicly condemned China for its alleged support of genocide in Darfur and used every opportunity to pressure Beijing into using its leverage on the Sudanese government.
The actress - who is a Unicef Goodwill Ambassador - claims the enormous task has taken over her life, but she has no regrets about the undertaking.
She says, "It has eclipsed everything in my life except for my children. I wasn't there when two of my grandchildren were born.
"That was an immense personal sacrifice for me and immense sacrifice for my sons.
"There is so much head-banging, it is hard to call it rewarding. But it is certainly my most important endeavour.
"Whether it succeeds or not, I know the effort is the most important thing I have ever undertaken." »
Rosemary's Baby is in for a rebirth.
Paramount is in negotiations with horror shingle Platinum Dunes to bring back the classic for a new generation of moviegoers.
Baby was a best-selling novel by playwright-author Ira Levin (The Boys From Brazil, The Stepford Wives). The book was adapted in 1968 into a much-loved Paramount movie directed by Roman Polanski that starred Mia Farrow, John Cassavetes and Ruth Gordon, who won an Oscar for her role.
The story follows a young couple who move into a gothic New York apartment, where they are befriended by their elderly neighbors. After the woman becomes mysteriously pregnant, she discovers that the neighbors actually are part of a coven of witches and that her husband has allowed her to be impregnated by the devil in exchange for a successful career.
No scribe is yet on board to write, and Platinum Dunes plans to be meticulous with the remake, knowing it has been entrusted with a jewel from the Paramount library. »
10 items from 2008
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