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Wednesday July 1, 2009 10:21 pm

Remake News: American Werewolf, Bride of Frankenstein and More

An American Werewolf in London: While fans are reminiscing over Michael Jackson’s Thriller video, it seems just appropriate that a remake of John Landis’ horror film is in the works. (Werewolf was the inspiration for the music video.) In the 1981 original, two college students (David Naughton and Griffin Dunne) are attacked by the creature while backpacking. The survivor eventually goes on to attack other victims. Dimension Films has tapped Sean and Bryan Furst (Daybreakers) to produce.

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Red Dawn: The long-awaited project now has a few faces to go with the drama. Chris Hemsworth (Star Trek) will star as Jed Eckert, the character originally played by Patrick Swayze. Jed, a Marine on leave, will help fight the foreign invasion in his home town of Spokane, WA. Josh Peck (The Wackness) has been cast as Matt Eckert, a high school quarterback and Jed’s younger brother. Meanwhile, Friday Night Lights’ Adrianne Palicki will fill the Toni Mason role. (That was Jennifer Grey’s part back in 1984.) The group should begin fighting off the Chinese and Russian forces this September.

Total Recall: The Columbia Pictures update will be in the hands of someone familiar to remakes. Kurt Wimmer, a screenwriter on The Thomas Crown Affair, will be penning this sci-fi adventure. In the 1990 version, Arnold Schwarzenegger starts to believe implanted memories about a dream vacation are real. Wimmer also has the upcoming Angelina Jolie film, Salt, on his resume.

Bride of Frankenstein: Big hair may soon make a comeback with this planned remake. Neil Burger, the writer/director on 2006’s The Illusionist, is in talks to work his magic again on this classic tale. The 1935 original starred Elsa Lanchester as the title character. She was created by Dr. Frankenstein as mate for his first monster. Brian Grazer will serve as one of the producers on the Universal/Imagine production.

Short Circuit: The story about a cute robot - no, not Wall-E - now has a human behind the machine. Dan Milano (Robot Chicken) has been tasked with writing the remake of the 1986 comedy. According to producer David Foster, the team will be “bringing Number 5 into the 21st Century and taking advantage of the improvements in robotics that are so massive that robots are now performing heart surgeries in hospitals.” Although Pixar’s recent creation bears a striking resemblance to Johnny 5, no major adjustments will be made. “We think of Wall-E as an extended trailer for our film, because it’s the same face,” Foster claimed.



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