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Warners Planning Remakes Of 'Lethal Weapon,' 'The Wild Bunch,' 'Westworld' And Others

by Oliver Lyttelton
January 20, 2011 2:18 AM
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It seems these days that every picture not released in the last ten years is ripe for a remake, and even some more recent ones, if they had those tricky subtitles or foreign accents -- Pajiba reported a few days ago that a US version of last year's excellent Australian gangster thriler "Animal Kingdom" is already in the works. And it doesn't look like the trend is going away any time soon: The Hollywood Reporter tonight suggested that, with the departure of Warner Bros. studio exec Jessica Goodman, old projects have come to light that were thought buried.

Veteran executive VP Goodman left the company at the end of last year, and her development portfolio has been shared out among colleagues, which means potential new life for a whole spate of remake, of Warners properties like “Lethal Weapon, “Westworld,” “The Wild Bunch,” “The Dirty Dozen,” and “Tarzan.” Though there’s no word yet on which, if any, of these films will be fast-tracked by the studio, with fresh eyes looking at these stale projects, we bet that at least one will see the light of day soon.

Most of the projects have been in various stages of development in the past: Arnold Schwarzenegger was long-attached to a "Westworld" remake, while David Ayer was attached to re-envision "The Wild Bunch," in a contemporary version set among Mexican drug cartels. "The Dirty Dozen" was also set for a contemporary re-rub a few years back, with Guy Ritchie considering the director's chair, while Stephen Sommers was briefly attached to helm "Tarzan" for the studio, and the George Burns comedy "Oh, God" was rumored only last year to be heading for a new version, with Paul Rudd and, predictably, Betty White wanted for the lead roles.

The "Lethal Weapon" news, however, is new, and we can see plenty of people up in arms about the idea -- after all, it's not like there haven't been plenty of knock offs of the film as it is. It's worth bearing in mind, however, that there's not much point in getting too angry about the prospect of any of these films: the likelihood is that only one or two of the films mentioned above will make it to production within the next few years. Still, it just goes to show that anything one can think of, Hollywood has tried to remake, even if we never hear of it in the news. -- Catherine Scott

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7 Comments

  • Todd Gordon | January 21, 2011 12:47 AMReply

    Russel Crowe was rumoured to be attached to Westworld recently, but he tweeted something like "don't believe everything you read" so I am assuming he isn't

  • MDL | January 20, 2011 8:42 AMReply

    A remake of The Wild Bunch seems nonsensical. I wouldn't touch films that are damn near perfect. Plus it's an auteurist film if ever there was one. Would be like someone someday remaking Citizen Kane or Chinatown.

  • starway2001 | January 20, 2011 7:54 AMReply

    Seems like "Westworld" is the only one ripe for a remake. The books was so much better than the first movie.

  • Gabe Toro | January 20, 2011 3:56 AMReply

    I love how they throw Goodman under the bus as she's leaving and escape future culpability by claiming all these bad ideas came from "her portfolio."

  • KitCon | January 20, 2011 3:45 AMReply

    The absolute worst reboot idea I've heard is Annie starring another of Will Smith's charming progeny. The likability gene is missing in those kids. But I'm in the minority since it'll probably gross $350+M worldwide.

  • hackattack | January 20, 2011 3:01 AMReply

    Would it be a Lethal Weapon Reboot? Scratching my head on this one. It's not so much that I care if they do a remake...more like how will they/ why would they?

  • TJ | January 20, 2011 2:41 AMReply

    The Lethal Weapon reboot should start with Riggs three days short of his retirement, paired with a young, straight-arrow African American, played by Jaden Smith, who is kind of an amazing Doogie Howser-esque super cop.

    Queue the "I'm getting to old for this shit," plus a dose of irony...I smell box office gold, and a chance for Mel to take back his box office crown. If there's a way to bring Busey back, even better.

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