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It’s a remake of a sequel to the original.

After I Tweeted that I’d be attending a screening of “A Nightmare on Elm Street” the other day, I heard from a number of movie fans wondering why there was a remake of the classic horror flick from 1984 that helped launch Johnny Depp’s career and gave us Robert Englund’s soon-to-be-iconic Freddy Krueger, he of the bad sweater and the sharp fingernails.

Answer: There are only eight original ideas left in Hollywood, and they have to space them out accordingly.

Take a look at this partial roster of movies I’ll be seeing in the spring and summer of 2010:

“Iron Man 2”

“Robin Hood”

“Shrek Forever After”

“Sex and the City 2”

“The A-Team”

“The Karate Kid”

“Toy Story 3”

“The Twilight Saga: Eclipse”


“Nanny McPhee 2”

And I’ve already seen such familiar stories as “Alice in Wonderland,” “Clash of the Titans,” “The Wolfman” and “Death at a Funeral.”

I swear to you, “Step Up 3D” is on the horizon, with the plot summary telling us, “New York’s intense street dancing underground comes alive in eye-popping Digital 3D in the third installment of the ‘Step Up’ franchise . . .”


Of course, some of those sequels and remakes and redos are more promising than others. My interest in “Toy Story 3” is about, oh, a kabillion times greater than my anticipation factor for “Sex and the City 2,” because if Carrie Bradshaw and the “girls” don’t get it together soon, they’re going to be starring in a big-screen version of “The Golden Girls.” Mr. Big will be Mr. Dead.

As for the new version of “The Karate Kid” with Jackie Chan and Will Smith’s kid — I keep an open mind going into every movie, but when I heard about that project, in my mind the title instantly became, “Kill Me Now.”

One Response to “It’s a remake of a sequel to the original.”

  1. Andy E Nystrom Says:

    It was probably only a matter of time before something like this happened, but there’s both a sequel *and* a remake in the works for The Toxic Avenger (the remake’s being farmed out, but Troma/Lloyd Kaufman’s doing the sequel). Has there ever been other cases where a sequel and remake have been active projects simultaneously?

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