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    With what seems to me like an absolute paucity of imagination, the producers of the Flight of the Navigator remake have recruited Colin Trevorrow and Derek Connolly to rewrite the film as a potential directing gig for Trevorrow.

    I say that they're a rather obvious choice for the gig because their first feature, Safety Not Guaranteed, crosses over with Navigator in a couple of key ways...

    ...though I won't say how in fear of spoiling the film for those who've yet to see it. UK audiences will get their chance on Boxing Day when the film opens in our cinemas; US audiencescan buy the DVD or Blu-ray now.* It's certainly recommended.

    Trevorrow, as I'm sure you've heard by now, has been linked to the Star Wars sequels. He's gone ahead and stated flat-out that he's not directing Episode VII, while not commenting on either Episode VIII or IX, or any non-directing role on the films. I'm still pretty convinced that he's involved in some capacity.

    Variety have this quote from Navigator co-writer Connolly:
    Flight of the Navigator wasn't a seminal movie of my childhood but I remember liking it and the original meant a lot to Colin as a kid, so it's really his baby. It'll be good to have some balance so it's not two fanboys writing the movie.
    I'm with Connolly there, in most respects. The only difference is that I don't remember liking it.

    The two guys also have another, so far secret, project set up at Disney. That one certainly has Trevorrow lined up to direct, unlike the "wait and see" line given to Navigator.

    *It's locked against region B playback so most Brits will find it useless. Once again, I recommend everybody invest in multi region capability - I've done it by buying separate decks just to protect against firmware upgrades that can brick multiregion players.

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    SACRILEGE!!!

    This was a seminal childhood movie for me. LOVE it. Boooo to a remake.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SuperJohn View Post
    SACRILEGE!!!

    This was a seminal childhood movie for me. LOVE it. Boooo to a remake.
    Agree. I fucking HATE the idea of a remake of this. Why do they remake shit like this instead of sitting their kids down in front of the original and saying here is a great movie! No, instead they choose to remake it, making the dubious assumption that their new one will be better and they can dismiss the old one as no good.

    FUCK. THAT.

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    I loved the original, but I'll be interested to see what they do with this, particularly around the somewhat melancholic ending.

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    Hey great! Recent remakes of older movies have been fantastic! Surely this can't miss!!!

    ...In all seriousness, I watched this movie about a million times on the Disney Channel as a kid. It was a fun movie. It's definitely one of those movies where my first thought is "why re-make this?" Maybe studios should look at re-releasing classic (well, okay, "older") movies instead of dumping a ton of money into a remake.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AnomanderRake View Post
    Agree. I fucking HATE the idea of a remake of this. Why do they remake shit like this instead of sitting their kids down in front of the original and saying here is a great movie! No, instead they choose to remake it, making the dubious assumption that their new one will be better and they can dismiss the old one as no good.

    FUCK. THAT.
    That's an interesting take on it. Not sure how a remake is shitting on the original in all honesty. I look at it as a fresh take on a good concept. I love the original Flight of the Navigator but I'm intrigued by a remake. Similarly, I liked the original The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, but still absolutely loved the Fincher version. The original Dawn of the Dead was great, the new one was pretty good as well. The Departed is a great remake of Infernal Affairs. The remake of Cape Fear was pretty tense. The Ocean's 11 remake had a very different swagger than the original, I'd argue for the better. 12 Monkeys, Insomnia, Casino Royale ... The list could go on quite a bit.

    I think we need to be a little careful how far we generalize certain topics, especially when it comes to the idea that a remake supplants the original. It's not like the remake means the original never happened. It's still there. It's still available to see whenever you want. You can choose to ignore the remake or not.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AMDin View Post
    That's an interesting take on it. Not sure how a remake is shitting on the original in all honesty. I look at it as a fresh take on a good concept. I love the original Flight of the Navigator but I'm intrigued by a remake. Similarly, I liked the original The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, but still absolutely loved the Fincher version. The original Dawn of the Dead was great, the new one was pretty good as well. The Departed is a great remake of Infernal Affairs. The remake of Cape Fear was pretty tense. The Ocean's 11 remake had a very different swagger than the original, I'd argue for the better. 12 Monkeys, Insomnia, Casino Royale ... The list could go on quite a bit.

    I think we need to be a little careful how far we generalize certain topics, especially when it comes to the idea that a remake supplants the original. It's not like the remake means the original never happened. It's still there. It's still available to see whenever you want. You can choose to ignore the remake or not.
    The only reason to remake an old film is to "update" it...and that inherently implies that somehow the original is no longer relevant or good. Otherwise, just polish it up and re-release it.

    The only think a remake does is rehash what the original did with current actors and current special effects.

    But I'll humour you and break down your list k?

    Girl With The Dragon Tattoo - uneeded remake done because people won't go see a foreign film in large enough numbers.

    Dawn Of The Dead - It served no purpose but to update the original and try to add weight to the script. A zombie movie that didn't need an update.

    The Departed - Again, totally unneeded film made because movie audiences wouldn't go to see a Hong Kong film (which is superior in every way) in large enough numbers....cue Scorcese remake.

    Cape Fear - Nope, the original doesn't require the overacting DeNiro to sell it.

    Oceans 11 - Totally different tonal and styled film which doesn't resemble the original much at all beyond vague character descriptions. It succeeds because it's not really a remake at all, but a different filmic story.

    Insomnia - Fuck that. The original is a THOUSAND times better...why? Cause it doesn't have Pacino overacting.

    Casina Royale - Did you even use this as an example? Should I deign to even respond about it? the 1967 version was a comedy satire on the character and genre...the new film was an accurate adaptation of a Classic Bond story...not remotely a remake at all. That you even put it in your list is laughable.

    Look, if we are plumbing movies that aren't even 20 years old yet, then there is a SERIOUS creative problem.

    There is no reason that a modern kid can't sit down and watch the original FLIGHT OF THE NAVIGATOR and enjoy it. Saying they can't is tantamount to saying that a modern kid wouldn't enjoy EMPIRE STRIKES BACK....it's ludicrous to imagine.

    So there is no need to remake it...unless it's to update special effects or actors...which is a bullshit move IMNSHO...

    but you know, like someone up-thread said, rebooting old movies just works out so well so far....Stuff like A NIGHTMARE ON ELM ST, FRIDAY THE 13TH, BLACK CHRISTMAS, CLASH OF THE TITANS, TEXAS CHAINSAW, FRIGHT NIGHT, THE POSEIDON ADVENTURE, PSYCHO, THE THING...

    yeah, those did STELLAR at the box office. At least as good as their historical counterparts right? RIGHT?

    no.
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    Quote Originally Posted by AnomanderRake View Post
    There is no reason that a modern kid can't sit down and watch the original FLIGHT OF THE NAVIGATOR and enjoy it
    Never said they couldn't. That also wasn't mentioned in the article. Given you've decided to put words in my mouth and make assumptions on the studio/writers intent, I've decided anything else you've ranted about is now no longer interesting to me.

    Thanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AnomanderRake View Post
    but you know, like someone up-thread said, rebooting old movies just works out so well so far....Stuff like A NIGHTMARE ON ELM ST, FRIDAY THE 13TH, BLACK CHRISTMAS, CLASH OF THE TITANS, TEXAS CHAINSAW, FRIGHT NIGHT, THE POSEIDON ADVENTURE, PSYCHO, THE THING...

    yeah, those did STELLAR at the box office. At least as good as their historical counterparts right? RIGHT?

    no.
    A Nightmare on Elm Street - original: $25 million remake: $63 million
    Friday the 13th - original: $39 million remake: $65 million
    Clash of the Titans - original: $41 million remake: $163 million
    Fright Night - original $24 million, remake: $18 million

    That's just the first 4 I googled. Black Christmas has no records for the original 1974 version. Doesn't really support your theory.

    Also, the original Clash of the Titans was terrible, while the remake was merely bad.
    I also liked the remake of Texas Chainsaw better than the original. Original $30 million. Remake $80 million.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AnomanderRake View Post
    Agree. I fucking HATE the idea of a remake of this. Why do they remake shit like this instead of sitting their kids down in front of the original and saying here is a great movie!
    Well, there's no money to be made in that, is there.

    Strangely, I have no memory of this film at all. I believe it came out the year I began my "putting away childish things" phase. Of course, I'm on here, so you know that didn't last.

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