Female-Led Remakes: Help Or Hindrance?

Written by Gillian Finklea

Just over a month ago now, on January 21, a large and international march led by and attended by so many amazing women inspired me in many ways. Women, and supporters of women’s rights, came out in droves to support many different things, but one universal message was clear – that women’s rights need to be respected and upheld, and that women’s voices need to be heard. And since movies are always at the back of my mind, I hoped this woman-positive energy would somehow transfer to the screen. Then I remembered ‘Ocean’s Eight’, and the distant talk of ‘The Expendabelles’. And now there’s plans for a ‘Dirty Rotten Scoundrels’ remake, with Rebel Wilson. It’s tough to be supportive of female-led movies, when they are just retreads of popular movies that originally starred men.

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Zendaya Cast In Spider-Man Reboot

So, Spider-Man is getting ANOTHER reboot. Personally, we were rather happy with Andrew Garfield and ‘The Amazing Spider-Man’ franchise and wanted a third film from that particular incarnation. But, with Spider-Man joining up with the Avengers, young actor Tom Holland has taken the up the mantle and is set for his solo Spider-Man movie next year after being introduced in ‘Captain America: Civil War’ later this year.

News broke recently that actress and singer Zendaya (pictured) has been cast alongside Holland for the Sony/Marvel Spider-Man reboot in a role which is being kept kinda secret right now. Official sources claim that Zendaya is not playing a love interest for Peter Parker, nor is she taking on a lead role, but that she may well play a big part in the franchise’s future. 

What do you think of the whole Spider-Man reboot? And are you happy to see Zendaya join the cast? Let us know your thoughts.

Written by Jakob Lewis Barnes

Uno Memento

I discovered some deeply disturbing news yesterday – another great film is set for an unnecessary remake. This time, it’s the turn of Christopher Nolan’s ‘Memento’, the intelligent and mysterious indie-thriller from 2000. As I tried to organise my thoughts on this – beyond typing the words “NOOOO”, “Why, Hollywood, why?” and excessive use of the shocked face emoji – I pulled together a few reasons why such a remake is a terrible idea.

For one, ‘Memento’ is already a bloody fantastic film. The tale of a man suffering from crippling short-term memory loss, who utilises an unusual method to help him remember key details that will eventually lead him to his wife’s murderer, is a beautifully original and perfectly executed idea from Christopher Nolan. It is a film which warrants re-watches aplenty but certainly does not warrant a remake. The original cast is headed up by the incomparable Guy Pearce, with support from the inimitable Carrie-Anne Moss and Joe Pantoliano, the latter of which is in a league of his own in this film. I find it so hard to imagine anyone else playing these characters, that I feel a little sorry for the actors cast to fill the originals’ boots.

Writer and director, Christopher Nolan, is currently one of the most popular visionary filmmakers of our time. Not only is this the man who gave life to a gritty, modern Dark Knight trilogy, but his last five films feature on the all-time box office records. Someone this popular is bound to inspire viewers to look at his back catalogue, meaning ‘Memento’ is still being discovered. Ergo, remake not needed – let the world find the original.

15 years is not nearly long enough for a film still achieving ‘classic’ status to be remade. The fact that Christopher Nolan isn’t involved only adds to the ammunition against Memento ‘take two’. My head says I should reserve judgement and give it a chance, but my heart says hell no! Who ever heard of a good remake anyway?

Written by Sasha Hornby 

Blade Runner Sequel Confirmed

Reports today confirm that Harrison Ford is set to reprise his role as officer Rick Deckard for the reboot of 1982’s classic ‘Blade Runner’. Director of the original film, Ridley Scott, will be stepping away from the chair and in to a production role, leaving Denis Villeneuve to take the directorial throne.

As the man who brought us the fantastic ‘Prisoners’, Villeneuve is well equipped to recreate the dark, dystopian future we all loved from the original movie. Besides, Harrison Ford read the script and is quoted as saying “this is the best thing I have ever read”, and if Han Solo says it’s good, it must be good.

Written by Jakob Lewis Barnes

Indiana Jones Reboot All But Confirmed

The rumours have been circling for a while now that Chris Pratt will star in a reboot of the legendary ‘Indiana Jones’ series. Now, director of the original four movies, Steven Spielberg himself has come forward to state his interest in directing the remake. With not even a script in place as of now, surely the Spielberg influence will hurry this project along and Disney will give the sequel the green light sooner rather than later. Read more here.