…as if answering yesterday’s post about Hollywood running out of ideas, THIS came across my desk today…
Steven Spielberg and Drew Barrymore are working together to film a sequel to E.T. They’ve been pretty hush-hush about it, but the plot would obviously involve a +30 years E.T. visiting a +30 years Gertie.
In case you don’t recall the details of one of my favorite movies ever, Drew Barrymore played the role of Gertie, Elliot’s younger sister. It was one of her first recognizable roles and lead to the the fame that Drew has today. We all just fell in love with her blond pigtails and the way she dressed E.T. up in fashion costumes. I’m sure that E.T. was paid extra to wear that wig.
Anyhow, I suppose they could make this really wonderful. If nothing else, it would revive the original E.T. so that this generation of youngsters could enjoy it as I did. However, if Spielberg plays his cards right, this movie could be truly brilliant. Why can’t we get the kid who played Elliot involved as well, Henry Thomas? He’s still acting and should be easy to sign as he mostly does random guest appearances on TV shows. In fact his last notable role was that of Tristan’s brother in the depressing and over-marketing “Legends of the Fall” in 1994. He even still looks like Elliot…he’s aged well! I’m not sure if we can say the same for E.T….I wonder what 30 years does to an already-wrinkly brown alien?
Can you imagine how much fun this would be for the cast to come back together after almost 30 years? However, this could be Indy 4 all over again….entertaining but no real value. I guess we’ll just have to wait and see. But hey, look on the bright side – at least it’s a sequel and not a remake. A remake to a classic like E.T. would just be adding insult to injury.
My note to Mr. Spielberg: PLEASE don’t make this cheesy. Ever since Indy 4 I’ve had to defend your genius. Also, PLEASE make sure we get John Williams. You and I both know that this movie won’t work without him.
I just found out that an A-Team movie is in the works, and I’m not real sure how I feel about it. Get Smart…Transformers…GI Joe…Land of the Lost…when will it all stop? Why is it that Hollywood feels the need to feed us these regurgitated characters/plots? I know that a remake/sequel of any kind is the quickest way to make a buck because it has a built-in audience and people will turn out at the theater just to see what the studio has made out of it, but come on people, let’s be real for a minute.
Are we so afraid of change that we can’t handle new and exciting plot lines? Are we so latched down to the “good old days” that we lack the distinguished taste of good cinema? Yes, in a word. Obviously!
I have to admit however that not all of Hollywood’s recent regurgitations have been complete cinematic abortions. In fact, I quite enjoyed the new Indiana Jones. Was it an example of great filmmaking? Not so much. Was it enjoyable to watch? Absolutely! Same traffic for Transformers. The trailer for GI Joe makes me want to have a root canal though… I’d love to see a live action version of ThunderCats though, that’d be spectacular!
But I digress. Back to the A-Team movie. Apparently, Joe Carnahan will be directing. Who? Joe Carnahan. Who’s that? No idea. He has roughly eight movies filed under his name on Wikipedia, all of them complete failures. So…good luck with that.
Anyway, news articles have touted Liam Neeson as being signed on for the role of Col. John “Hannibal” Smith. Seriously? Liam Neeson? Back that thang up. You’re telling me that a grade ‘A’ actor like LIAM FREAKING NEESON is going to be in this movie? Hmm. Maybe Joe Carnahan will be rich after all.
No word yet on who’s going to play Mr. T’s B.A. Baracus. Why not just let Mr. T himself do it? He’s not dead, right? (quick Google…) No, whew, no…he’s still alive. And he’s only 57!!!
So….lots to look forward to….thanks Hollywood….