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The Kardashians as the Hocus Pocus witches? What about a millennial version of The Sandlot? Thomas Batten shares executives’ latest pitches for revamping beloved classics from the 90s and early 2000s
With news that Christopher Nolan’s breakthrough film Memento is being remade just 15 years after the original, and The Mummy (1999) is getting an equally unsolicited reboot, perhaps starring Tom Cruise, Thomas Batten listens in on Hollywood executives as they plan how to improve classics and blockbusters of recent memory and bring them kicking and screaming into the modern day.
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- Thomas Batten
On this week’s episode, Brian and Zach invite The Av Club’s Mike D’Angelo to talk about his recent article, “What I learned from watching the first 10 minutes of 500 movies.” They discuss whether that became a learning experience for screenwriters, what made him decide to watch the beginning of so many movies, and what his final takeaway was after three years of doing it. They also look at top stories such as the new trailer for Zoolander 2, the team getting back together for the next Mission: Impossible, and John Malkovich’s 100 year project.
First trailer for Zoolander 2 First trailer for SXSW entry, Midnight Special Richard Linklater’s Everybody Wants Some to open 2016 SXSW festival Christopher McQuarrie back for M:i 6, Rebecca Ferguson may follow Edgar Wright to write, direct a Dreamworks animated film about shadows Christopher Nolan’s Memento getting the remake treatment
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- Zach Dennis
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- Oli Davis
The Important News First Looks: Chris Pine and Said Taghmaoui in Wonder Woman. "Constable Zuvio" in Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Marvel Madness: Scott Adkins joined Doctor Strange. Remake Report: Christopher Nolan's Memento is going to be remade. Roar Uthaug will direct the Tomb Raider reboot. Casting Net: Matthew McConaughey might star in The Dark Tower. Alexandra Daddario joined the Baywatch movie. Emma Stone will portray Billie Jean King in Battle of the Sexes. Reunion Station: Julianne Moore will reunite with Todd Haynes for Wonderstruck. Joaquin Phoenix will reunite with Casey Affleck for Far Bright Star. Sequelitis: Prometheus 2 is now...
- Christopher Campbell
In all the lamentations of the decline of the video store, a common refrain is the loss of the relationship between the clerks and the customers, specifically the art of movie recommendations. While services like Netflix have vast catalogs, navigating through the large libraries can be tricky, and although algorithms are in place that are meant to cater to the viewer’s tastes, it’s not exactly foolproof. Just because someone loves “Rosemary’s Baby” doesn’t mean that they're interested in some random found footage junk from an unknown distributor. Fortunately, the folks over at Cinefix have a great series of videos, called “Like it/Love it,” that recommend lesser-known films that are similar to more popular recent films. The latest movie tackled? The soon-to-be remade “Memento.” Read More: Remake Of Christopher Nolan's 'Memento' Is In The Works Clocking in at under four minutes, the newest »
- Cain Rodriguez
Both of game designer David Cage’s cinematic, interactive dramas are coming to PlayStation 4. His telepathic tale Beyond: Two Souls, originally released in 2013, will make its way to the PlayStation Store next week. It will be followed by a port of Heavy Rain, where players will once again be faced with the horrors of the Origami Killer on March 1st, 2016.
While not a lot is known about the update of Heavy Rain, next week’s Beyond: Two Souls remaster will feature several new features to enhance the experience. These include 1080p graphics with motion blur effects as well as improved lighting and shadows, improved controls for action sequences, and use of the DualShock 4 Speaker.
Another main addition will be that once »
- Joseph Banham
Nothing like getting the gang back together after a successful entry. That seems to be the case for the Mission: Impossible franchise, and that includes doing something they’ve never done before.
Variety reports Christopher McQuarrie, who wrote and directed this year’s Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation, is in talks to return in both capacities for the sixth entry. If McQuarrie agrees, he would be the first director in the franchise to return for a second entry.
On top of bringing McQuarrie back, Variety adds that stand-out Rebecca Ferguson could also be coming back for the next movie after the studio signed her for an option. Paramount is looking to turn around the next Mi film after Rogue Nation was such a runaway hit.
- Zach Dennis
Directed by Jörn Threlfall.
Synopsis: Over presents a crime scene. During the course of 9 wide shots told in reverse order, we witness an intriguing story unfold. What has happened in this quiet neighborhood? A murder, a hit-and-run, an accident? The reality is profound, and deeply unexpected.
Set in a quiet neighbourhood in West London, Over tells the story of a road and its inhabitants in the wake of the disturbing discovery of the body of a man in the middle of the road. How did he get there? Who or what took his life? What does this mean for the people of this quiet London road, their families, or the city at large? Through the powerful medium of the short film, Threlfall explores a present social issue deftly.
What’s brilliant is that it’s told backwards, in an unassuming tone, simply taking us back through the hours »
- Kat Kourbeti
It was the year 2000 and a little film from an unknown filmmaker was generating some buzz. Memento became an introduction for audiences to Christopher Nolan‘s mind twisting storytelling style. Told from the perspective of a man (Guy Pearce) who cannot retain short term memories, the film is a compelling thriller as he hunts down the […]
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- Jeff Bricker
What a difference 15 years can make. At the turn of the millennium, Christopher Nolan had just shot his second feature, Memento, and was struggling to find a studio willing to distribute it in America. It was too confusing, they said. I mean, really: who wants to watch a movie told backwards?
Lots of people as it turned out. Once it finally found a distributor, Memento not only far exceeded its tiny $5m investment in its small-scale theatrical run, but also proved to be the making of Nolan's career. It marked him out as an individual filmmaker in full control of his craft, and over the next decade, he proceeded to make a string of hits: Insomnia, Batman Begins, The Prestige, The Dark Knight, Inception. »
Christopher Nolan’s 2000 non-linear thriller is getting the remake treatment only 15 years since the original was released, but should it be revisited at all? Two Guardian Us critics make the case for and against
Is it really too soon to remake Chris Nolan’s beloved 2000 neo-noir reverse-thriller Memento? Is it really too indecently brief an interval to have elapsed since the arrival of an eye-catching talent with a nifty, cleverly written and tightly budgeted calling card movie explicitly designed to snag him some next-level, big-budget studio projects? Are we mourners here, or moviegoers? Why all the outrage? Why so precious? Why is a remake so outlandish?
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- Jordan Hoffman and John Patterson
It probably shouldn't be surprising that Christopher Nolan's Memento is going to be remade. But it might still be a shocker that it's happening so quickly. The original thriller was released only 15 years ago, breaking Nolan out as a notable filmmaker while becoming a singular sensation for its clever backwards plot -- putting us inside the mind of a man with short-term memory loss in search of his wife's killer -- and twist ending. Still, if we can get Spider-Man...
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There are a whole bunch of movies that are featured on a list which is clearly labelled ‘Never To Be Remade.’ One of those movies is Christopher Nolan‘s brilliant 2000 drama Memento, but news reaches us this morning that a remake is in active development over at Ambi Pictures, a company that recently acquired the 400-title Exclusive Media Group library, which Nolan’s break-out movie was included within.
Memento revolved around a man (Guy Pearce in a career-breaking role) that creates a strange system to help him remember things; so he can hunt for the murderer of his wife without his short-term memory loss being an obstacle.
“Memento is a masterpiece that leaves audiences guessing not just throughout the film, but long after as well, which is a testament to its daring approach, »
- Paul Heath
Let's all agree not to shoot the messenger here. We good with that?
The original starred Guy Pearce as a man trying to solve his wife's murder, whilst battling severe memory problems. Co-starring Carrie-Anne Moss and Joe Pantoliano, the film earned a pair of Oscar nominations, and continues to enjoy high acclaim.
However, the rights to Memento have been acquired by Ambi Pictures, and the firm's Andrea Iervolino said that "Memento has been consistently ranked as one of the best films of its decade. People who’ve seen Memento 10 times still feel they need to see it one more time. This is a quality we feel really supports and justifies a remake. The bar is »
It probably shouldn't be surprising that Christopher Nolan's Memento is going to be remade. But it might still be a shocker that it's happening so quickly. The original thriller was released only 15 years ago, breaking Nolan out as a notable filmmaker while becoming a singular sensation for its clever backwards plot -- putting us inside the mind of a man with short-term memory loss in search of his wife's killer -- and twist ending. Still, if we can get Spider-Man origin stories just a decade apart, maybe there's no minimum gap in Hollywood's mind. The people behind this remake might not be classified as Hollywood, however. The new Memento will be produced by Luxembourg's Ambi Pictures (which does have a distribution arm in Beverly Hills), which...
- Christopher Campbell
I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again — news of an impending film remake isn’t bad news. Not only are there dozens of fantastic remakes already in existence, but there’s also the surprising fact that a remake in no way negates the existence or quality of the original. Crazy, but true. That said, remakes are typically unnecessary and it can still be disappointing to learn that talented filmmakers and actors are spending time on what amounts to an unwanted film instead of focusing on something original. Today’s announcement that Ambi Pictures is planning to move forward on a remake of Christopher Nolan’s 2000 film, Memento, features no attached talent on either side of the camera, but the outrage was immediate and deafening all the same. Check out their full news release below, and then keep reading to see why I think fans’ anger is just as unnecessary as the remake itself »
- Rob Hunter
Less than 15 years after its U.S. theatrical release, Christopher Nolan's Memento is already being eyed for a remake. The film's remake rights were acquired when Exclusive Media Group's extensive film library was sold to Ambi Pictures in September, and among Ambi's first orders of business is to remake Nolan's Oscar-nominated, mind-bending thriller, Variety reports.
"Memento has been consistently ranked as one of the best films of its decade," Ambi chief investor Andrea Iervolino said in a statement. "People who've seen Memento 10 times still feel they need to see it one more time. »
Fans of the original “Memento” aren’t too happy that the film is being remade. It was announced Monday that Christopher Nolan‘s “Memento” is being remade by independent Ambi Pictures, which acquired the remake rights from Exclusive Media Group in September, and fans were quick to take to Twitter to announce their outrage about the remake. “They’re remaking ‘Memento?'” One user wrote. “Hollywood you stupid lizard f-cks.” Also Read: 'Memento' Remake Without Christopher Nolan in Works “Hollywood has decided to remake ‘Memento,'” said another user. “Hollywood is officially out of ideas.” Not only was “Memento” Nolan’s breakout film, »
- Beatrice Verhoeven
In the mood for another "Memento"? If not, you're not alone. The Twittersphere was quick to react today to news that it's up for a remake. Let's pray it never happens. Christopher Nolan's noirish mystery, which follows amnesiac protagonist Leonard Shelby (Guy Pearce) as he investigates the rape and murder of his wife, received widespread acclaim upon its release in 2000. The positive response to its use of black-and-white photography and reverse chronology, from critics and audiences alike, launched Nolan's rise to prominence as a director with both blockbuster appeal and arthouse flair. Read More: "Gaspar Noé's List of 10 Favorite Films Makes Perfect, Terrifying Sense" Fifteen years later, widely imitated but rarely matched, "Memento" possesses a cult status similar to David Fincher's "Fight Club"; its influence can be felt in everything from Gaspar Noé's "Irreversible" (2002) and Nolan's own »
- Matt Brennan
Riding high on the likes of The Dark Knight trilogy, Inception, and Interstellar, Christopher Nolan is one of the biggest filmmakers working today. That, of course, wasn.t always the case, and in 2000, the little known director burst onto the scene with Memento, a twisted indie mystery thriller with a clever hook. Despite only being 15-years-old, and a movie that still totally holds up, Memento is getting a remake, because why not. Ambi Pictures recently acquired the back catalog of Exclusive Media Group, a library that also includes Donnie Darko, Sliding Doors, Cruel Intentions, and hundreds more titles. According to The Hollywood Reporter, following this windfall, they gave a green light to the Memento remake. In a statement, Ambi head Monika Bacardi said: Memento is a masterpiece that leaves audiences guessing not just throughout the film, but long after as well, which is a testament to its daring approach. We »
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