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The original RoboCop was one of my favorite movies as a kid. Sadly the sequels didn’t hold up to the original, and the television spinoff are better left unseen. When I heard that they were remaking the movie I was annoyed. Ugh. Yet another remake of one of my favorite 80s movies (grumble, The Karate Kid, grumble). But this one is shaping up to be something special.

José Padilha, the director behind the Elite Squad flicks, took over the project from Darren Aronofsky (who is one of the most interesting directors that keeps coming close to doing genre movies – Wolverine, Batman Year One, and now RoboCop). I’m not familiar with Padilha’s work, but his casting choices have been inspired. In the past month, both Gary Oldman and Samuel L. Jackson were announced in roles; Oldman as the scientist that invents RoboCop and Jackson as an over the top television personality/mogul. Now they have stepped up the game even more by casting House MD‘s Hugh Laurie as the villainous CEO of OCP –the company in the original RoboCop that practically owns Detroit. The title role is being played by The Killing‘s Joel Kinnaman, with Abbie Cornish rumored to be portraying his wife.

So far the RoboCop remake is doing something very right with its casting. Hopefully they have worked just as hard on getting the script right and everything else will follow suit. I’m still hesitant, but getting more and more excited for this flick.

The Howling is being Remade

Hot on the heals of New Moon‘s 140 million dollar opening weekend, you can add Joe Dante’s cult werewolf movie, The Howling to the list of great movies that is getting the remake treatment. The 1981 film, which starred Dee Wallace and Robert Picardo, focused on a news anchor who is stalked by a serial killer who ends up being a werewolf. Along with An American Werewolf in London (which is also being remade), The Howling is one of those movies that helped shape a genre of horror films.  Like most 80s horror films, the movie spawned six sequels, each of which was worse than the last (the most recent ones went straight to video).

While our list of horror remakes grows, we can at least be happy of one thing; we’re getting a Scream 4, not a Scream remake. Kevin Williamson is returning to write, Neve Campbell, David Arquette and Courtney Cox are all reprising their roles (hopefully they bring back Dempsey also), and Wes Craven will most likely return to direct the thing (come on, what does he have that would trump this?). Maybe if Scream 4 does great numbers at the box office, we’ll start to get real horror sequels, instead of more shitty remakes.

If you have never seen The Howling, you can check out the film’s trailer here, and I’m sure you can find the full movie online, or you could always buy it off Amazon.

Posted on November 23rd, 2009 by ThePit | Leave a Comment
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This past week, Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles and Knight Rider, two shows that were rumored to be heading for cancellation, were extended to full season orders.  Both shows are based on popular 1980s franchises and have been getting low ratings against tough competition.

Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles airs on Monday nights at 8pm against Chuck, Gossip Girl, The Big Bang Theory, How I Met Your Mother, Dancing With the Stars, and Monday Night Football, which shares a similar demographic and takes a big chunk of the ratings.  Like a lot of other shows in the current season, Fox offers all the new episodes online, which makes it less important to see the show in its first run on television.  I think we’re finally seeing the full effect of airing episodes online for free with how many struggling shows we have this season.

Knight Rider airs on NBC Wednesday nights at 8pm against Pushing Daisies, Bones, America’s Next Top Model, New Adventures of Old Christine, and Gary Unmarried. While not nearly as competitive as Sarah Connor’s time slot, it still faces a tough variety of content; from Daisies stylized quirkiness to Bones’ intriguing cases and whatever the heck people see in Top Model. With rumors that David Hasselhoff will be guest starring in future episodes, I can picture a spike in the ratings, maybe even a big enough one to warrant a second season for the struggling action show.

Love them or hate them? Either way you have 9 more episodes to give them a chance.