If Kevin Smith is indeed serious about wanting to reboot the 1971 Disney classic Bedknobs and Broomsticks, he might want to first remember what audience the magical tale is geared for. (Hint, the kind whose parents might not let them hear bad language).
Smith, the Silent Bob of the Jay and Silent Bob duo, and a film writer and director behind cult classics like Clerks and Dogma, recently shared on his “Fatman on Batman” video podcast (via Dark Horizons) that he wants to take on the film that originally starred Murder, She Wrote‘s Angela Lansbury.
“Bedknobs and Broomsticks can be remade today. That movie can so (expletive) work today. In a world where Disney’s like, Pete’s Dragon! and (expletive) like that … Hey, I will (expletive) suck (expletive) Disney to make the remake of Bedknobs and Broomsticks.”
OK, probably not the best way to pitch yourself to Disney. But then again, you have to remember, this is a film that had young kids asking, “What’s that got to do with my knob?”
The film, directed by The Love Bug‘s Robert Stevenson, was a mixture of live action and animation – something Lansbury would later admit she hated, because everything had to run by the book in order for her to be properly integrated within the cartoon.
Based on the book The Magic Bedknob by Mary Norton, the film grossed $17.9 million globally, or $106.2 million today.
Smith, who just recently directed an episode of Supergirl for The CW, said just going by the original film, there is plenty of material he can work with.
“That movie (expletive) has it all, dude: Witches battling (expletive) Nazis with (expletive) ghosts wearing armor. Kids and cartoon under the seas, where they play (expletive) soccer.”
Of course, it’s unclear if Smith has even approached Disney about doing the film, and there hasn’t been any announced plans that Disney would reboot the project on its own.
The original film did earn some Oscar nominations, even after Disney truncated it from three hours to two after its initial release. The biggest nominations were handed to the Richard Sherman and Robert Sherman for original song and original score. The Sherman brothers are probably best known for their Oscar-winning work in Mary Poppins.
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