Knock knock. Who’s there? Your childhood! My childhood what? Your childhood is again being pillaged by Hollywood to remake a beloved film.
Sure, it’s a terrible joke, but it’s also the continuation of a terrible idea – that because a film was beloved dozens of years ago, it’s due for a revamp for modern audiences. The latest piece of meat thrown into the remake grinder is Joe Dante’s 1985 kiddie classic Explorers.
THR reports that Paramount and its low budget Insurge label (the same one you see on a number of their smaller horror outings) are launching the remake, with Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol screenwriters Josh Appelbaum and Andre Nemec on board to produce. The studio has also locked down scribes Geoff Moore and Dave Posamentier to write the film’s new script. (Not familiar with them? They’re newbies, but their new feature Better Living Through Chemistry is actually hitting limited release this weekend, so yes, the pair are having a great week.) While Moore and Posamentier are also directors, they are not expected to direct the feature.
The original Explorers is a great example of eighties kid fare, as it focused on a trio of boys who build their own spaceship. Although the film was a box office failure – THR reminds us that its release date was pushed up, resulting in a quickly and shoddily penned third act that didn’t help matters – but has become a beloved cult classic on home video.
As of now, there is little information on what we can expect from this new Explorers, though THR does report that “an insider said one template could be in the tone of Welcome to Yesterday, an upcoming movie produced by Michael Bay’s Platinum Dunes and directed by Dean Israelite that has been wowing execs at the studio. Yesterday revolves around teens who construct a time machine.” Yes, that’s also the movie that was pushed to a later release date mere weeks before it was supposed to be released, so here’s hoping that all that “wowing” is real and claims that the film was moved to give it a bigger marketing push are real.
There is, however, one silver lining to the news that yet another film is getting remade – the original Explorers marked the big screen debut of talents like Ethan Hawke and River Phoenix so, if nothing else, perhaps the new Explorers can help find some new young talent. Hey, it’s something!
Is there one film from your childhood – that hasn’t been remade yet! – that you never want to see get remade?
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