Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Arnold considers Running Man remake


Now that Jerry Brown has reclaimed his position as Governor of California, what is our friend Arnold up to? Well, he made a recent appearance at "The Arnold Seminar." I kid you not. thearnoldfans.com explains that each year Arnie comes out to take questions and inspire the crowd.
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Asked what movie he might choose as his "comback film." Schwarzenegger said that studios are "desperate" to get him back on screen. He says he has at least 15 scripts awaiting him. So which one will he choose? (Please, please. . . don't be The Stand!) Arnie listed Terminator remake, Predator and The Running Man. He also said he is "packaging a Comic Book character." Arnold also announced he is at work on his autobiography.
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I think most King fans would agree with me when I say The Running Man deserves a remake. In fact, if we can -- we demand one! But not because Schwarzenegger needs more screen time. This film needs a remake because the movie never told the story Stephen King gave us. King had us on the edge of our seats! It was awesome. The movie. . . was. . . well, we'll just say it was not King's book.
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In an article titled, "Ten Movies Actually Worth Remaking", the filmcritic staff explain why Running Man is worthy of a remake: "A remake, with more respect for the source material and an eye on plausible conjecture rather than cartoonish posturing, could make a masterful addition to the sci-fi canon." http://www.filmcritic.com/features/2009/06/ten-movies-actually-worth-remaking/
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So, in short:
Remake: YES!
Arnie: Unnecessary.

6 comments:

  1. Please, please, please "remake" this film with a good budget and close to the source material. Let Frank Darabont direct (loved what he did with The Mist). Spend the money and do it right, do the source material justice.

    Please do NOT let Arnie anywhere near the film. Ben Richards was not Arnie in any way, shape, or form.

    Seriously though, a properly produced and directed "remake" could easily end up being an excellent future classic. The albatross though is that original movie, there would have to be a lot of promotion centered around the message "well, it's not really a remake, but a reimaging that has very little in common with the original movie"

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  2. Please remake the The Running Man and it be true to the story . What a vision before its time, it was when it was written. It is one of my faves, and I have always hoped it would be made into a motion picture.

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  3. Problem is...while it was a faaaaantastic novel which I have enjoyed from 5th grade to even now at 30...it ended in a most un-PC fashion. That would have to change to not piss off 9/11, but then most of the last 1/3 of the story would have to change if that part is changed. So, if they can get around that and somehow cast a true "Ben Richards" actor....then awesome! A younger Russell Crowe or Ed Norton would've been sweet, I dont know who is around nowadays in the early 30s or late 20s that would be ideal...

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  4. The ending needs to stay in place. There was no backing out of the ending of the Mist and I don't think this ending should be cut either. Fuck 9/11. Remake The Running Man as based on the novella.

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