While these remake announcements may be old news and Greg ever so kindly disregarded them as he does not hold the originals in his heart as I do, I feel the need to post the news to you Movie Pressers. Arthur and Romancing the Stone live on in remake history!
Russel Brand is developing the Arthur remake. The original movie followed a boozy playboy rascal who is set to inherit a fortune if he marries an heiress his family thinks will make something out of him. However, he falls in love with a working-class woman and turns to his valet for help when his family makes him choose between money and love. So, really, the boozy and sex-addicted British comedian would be pretty perfect to fill Dudley Moore's shoes.
Fox is bringing Romancing the Stone to the big screen again, swinging into development a remake of the 1984 adventure movie and tapping Daniel McDermott to write it.
The original movie helped launch Robert Zemeckis as a director, turned Michael Douglas and Danny DeVito -- then best known for their TV work -- into film stars and established Kathleen Turner as a romantic lead.
Written by Diane Thomas, the film told the story of a repressed romance novelist who travels to Colombia to find her missing sister only to meet up with an American soldier of fortune. The two embark on a cross-country adventure involving a map, a jewel and a private police force. We wonder who would try to take on Turner and Douglas' roles, which are both so iconic in both stars' oeuvre.
Thoughts? Excited? Scared someone will eff up these beloved comedies?