I think it’s pretty clear by now that there are no — or at least very few — new ideas in Hollywood. We’ve got upcoming remakes of Footloose, Dirty Dancing, The Thin Man, Robocop, Total Recall, The Great Gatsby, Dune, The Three Musketeers, Judge Dredd, and The Lone Ranger, just to name a few.
Some of these remakes I don’t understand at all. Judge Dredd? The original movie was pretty awful, and yet they’re going to attempt it again? What could they possibly be thinking?
Some remakes I totally get, although that doesn’t mean I’m necessarily cheering for them. Dirty Dancing without Patrick Swayze? That’ll never work. It’ll just be a lonely shell of a classic movie. Though I guess if anyone could do it justice, it’d be director Kenny Ortega, who’s sort of THE dance movie director in my mind.
I’m inclined to think the same about Footloose, in theaters Oct. 14, 2011. It just doesn’t seem right to try and recapture the wonders of Kevin Bacon in the original. It stars Kenny Wormald, Julianne Hough, Dennis Quaid and Andie MacDowell.
No offense to director Craig Brewer, who directed and wrote Hustle & Flow and Black Snake Moan, but I’m kind of shuddering to think about the Footloose remake, especially after watching the trailer below. I DO like the Volkswagen, though (I had a blue one in high school), and the small town America setting.
What do you think of the trailer? Is this remake in any way a good idea?