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Sho’Nuff, Samuel L. Jackson Will Take On <i>The Last Dragon</i> More often than not, the news of an '80s movie remake would have me crying out "Why? Just... why?!" in a plaintive wail. But yesterday came news of a remake of The Last Dragon that has me clapping my hands like a kid who's just gotten a plastic pumpkin full of sweet, sweet treats. This is entirely because Samuel L. Jackson has been cast as the egocentric, larger-than-life, so-bad-he's-good villain known as Sho'Nuff. Originally played by the late Julius Carry, the self-professed "Shogun of Harlem" will once again face off against plucky young martial arts hero Leroy Green, but the plot will be updated for modern sensibilities. Which, sadly, probably means a dearth of those distinctly '80s tunes and no Vanity co-starring as the girlfriend.

What the movie does have going for it, though, is Samuel L. Jackson, which can't be said enough. Honestly, they could have announced that Jackson would be starring in a movie about the manufacturing of postage stamp glue and I'd be just as happy. He's one of those actors who seems equally at home playing good and bad, often in the same role, and can be as scary as he is funny. Again, often in the same role.

The project is also keeping its ties to the original: The remake comes in time for the 50th anniversary of Motown, the record label which produced the original. Kerry Gordy, son of Motown founder Berry Gordy, will produce the updated version. Columbia Pictures president Doug Belgrad said the movie "will capture everything that people love about the original while also bringing a fresh edge to the remake."

What I love about the original is the remake.

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