While the late, great Michael Jackson is most famous for his music, the man loved to make movies about himself and his songs, and as a megastar he had his pick of some of the most respected directors of our time. Granted, not all of the films were very good, and most were simply long-form music videos, but all were jam-packed full of enough ideas to make a feature-length movie out of. In honor of the man, what say we get today's hottest directors to remake his films? (We'll leave the challenge of recasting the Jackson role to more talented casting directors than ourselves.)
Because there's apparently nothing new under the sun, the 1981 Harry Hamlin toga fest Clash of the Titans is being remade. News of the remake has been circulating for a while has been out for a while, with reports that Blade director Steve Norrington would direct, but the movie's only just now been greenlit by Warner Brothers, thanks to a change in directors. Hot on the heels of his success with The Incredible Hulk, Louis Leterrier is set to take the reins of this refurbished ancient Greek chariot and drive it to the finish line. Warner Brothers wants him to hurry, though, because he isn't in the race alone: Variety reports that the studio is hoping to make it to theaters ahead of Relativity Media and its own epic Greek god flick, War of Gods. But how to speed up production to secure a victory?
Not "incredible" as in "unbelievable," mind you. By that definition, Lee's Hulk was incredible indeed, because I couldn't believe that the title character didn't appear for 45 minutes, the action took a back seat to the exploration of family dramas, and the final scene involved Nick Nolte biting a power line and turning into a thunderstorm. (Okay, that last bit is kinda believable.) No, when it applies to the Hulk or his movies, "incredible" should mean explosive! Bombastic! Larger than life! Considering that Leterrier did all of that with the 5-foot-6-inch Jet Li in Unleashed, doing the same with the Hulk must have been like shooting Bi-Beasts in a barrel.
When The Incredible Hulk arrives on DVD and Blu-ray this October 21, home movie enthusiasts and will have several options to choose from. Collider has reported details about the extra footage that will be available. For those living in the past with mere DVD players (that would be me), there's the standard release, which will contain a little over 13 minutes of scenes deleted from the theatrical release. You can also choose to shell out the extra bucks for a three-disc collection that has almost 30 minutes of deleted footage. But if you've upgraded to a Blu-ray player, an incredible 44 extra minutes will be available to you.
It's amazing how quickly things move in Hollywood. The Incredible Hulk has been a box office smash for less than a day, and already its director, Louis Leterrier, is inking his next movie deal: According to the Hollywood Reporter, Leterrier is in talks to direct Strays, an "eco action thriller." Because, you know, eco-themed movies are usually so entertaining and not at all bloviating. Take The Day After Tomorrow, for instance: That 48 rating at Metacritic has nothing to do with how good the movie actually was, right? Riiiiight. In other words: Louis should stick to a different kind of "green": Hulk franchise, anyone?
The Incredible Hulk hasn't been quite the buzz machine that certain other comic books have been this summer, but it's been generating plenty of its own news over the weekend, with the biggest bit of news being that Hulk will actually speak in this movie -- unlike in the TV series and Ang Lee's Hulk film (except in a dream sequence) -- and he'll be voiced by the TV series' star, Lou Ferrigno. [Yes, the one who didn't speak on the TV show. - Z]
The Incredible Hulk director Louis Leterrier told ComingSoon.net recently that he's eager to do another Marvel comics movie. Everyone wants to see a movie about Wolverine and tons of people are already salivating over the prospect of an Iron Man sequel, but Leterrier said he would try "camping out at the Marvel office to direct anything they want." "Anything"? Marvel has over 5,000 characters at its disposal; if he's thinking about pitching new ideas, he might want to narrow it down.
Clash of the Titans, the cult classic mash-up of Greek mythologies and Harry Hamlin's 1981 abs, has finally gotten the remake treatment. The big, loud, expensive re-imagining hits theaters this week (in 3-D!), and though the 3-D itself and lead actor Sam Worthington disappoint, the movie is actually so fun and so gleefully stupid that, watching it, I felt like I was five years old again. I'm ashamed to admit it, but I love this mess of a movie.