Sunday AI: Movie Remakes
I discovered today that there is a re-make of Conan the Barbarian that will be released this summer. This is just the latest in a long line of movies that are being remade–and for which I have no idea why anyone thought revisiting them would be a good idea.
From a NYTimes review of the original: ‘‘Conan the Barbarian” is an extremely long, frequently incoherent, ineptly staged adventure-fantasy set in a prehistoric past.” Yep, pretty much.
As Sword and Sandal movies go, Conan is actually kind of fun in a campy way. The musical version of Conan uses the famous “lamentation of the women” phrase as a song refrain, and is made of win. But–did this movie really need to be remade into anything other than a fun 3-minute YouTube parody?
I will admit that casting yummy Jason Momoa in the role of Conan–since the original author of the book was un-subtle about his whites-as-supreme-race ideas–was a good move. An example of Howard’s tedious prose:
“The dark-skinned peoples fade and even the demons of antiquity gasp their last, but over all stands the Aryan barbarian, white-skinned, cold-eyed, dominant, the supreme fighting man of the earth.”
Robert E. Howard (“Wings in the Night”), 1932
Knowing that casting decision may be making Mr. Howard spin in his grave isn’t enough to make me think a 3-D version of this old cheeseball is a good idea, though.
So, what do you think about movie remakes? Good Idea, or Hollywood being lazy? What movie do you most fear will be remade, or would you like to see remade?