The NeverEnding Story Remake: My Thoughts

The Never-Ending StoryI suppose it was inevitable. I just didn’t expect it. I don’t know why I didn’t see this coming, but I should have. One of my favorite movies to watch when I was young was The NeverEnding Story. Now it’s in a stage where a remake is going to happen. It was just a matter of time.

If you’ve been keeping up with this blog, you know that I despise the Karate Kid remake and I am excited at the potential for Ghostbusters 3. But when it comes to this film series, I only loved the first one. The second one was okay. I thought it was good, but not great. The third one, a straight to home video film that I can barely remember… let’s just say it’s good that they’re doing a new film instead of just trying to do a NeverEnding Story 4.

One of the original film’s producers is on board to produce the new one, along side Frank Marshall and Kathleen Kennedy.

I just hope that they keep the original theme song. At the very least. It’s a song that captured the adventure and the mystery of the story.

I’m pretty excited to see a spectacular looking Falcor, though. I think that it could become a much better film, in the long run.

It was also based on a German book, which the movie only covered about half of. I only was able to get through a little more than half of the book when I tried to read it. I had just read Tolkien, and the writing in this one was nothing compared to Tolkien. It was insanely boring in parts, and that was sad to me.

However, I’m willing to give this remake a shot. I hope that it goes well, and I look forward to seeing it.

Ghostbusters 3: Thoughts and Feelings on Continuing the Series

I originally posted this on the Ghostbusters.net Discussion Forum. I am reposting it here, in a slightly edited form, along with my follow up, and some extra thoughts. It is edited only for punctuation purposes only.

On the New Potential Production of Ghostbusters 3

A film where the original team is replaced with new Ghostbusters will bring in a group of guys that none of us has known for the past 25 years, and thus not really care that much about.

It’s something that we’ll all have to take into consideration, should this film get made. We’ve known the original team for 25+ years, and if a new team is assembled, then we’ll have to get to know them. But it’ll never really be the same, or really fit right, unless they can capture the feel of the original films well. We’ve got this feeling like they’re part of our family, and it’s like part of that family is moving out and we won’t be seeing them again. We’re probably going to get a new group of guys that look like some of our friends, because face it, they’re probably going to be about our age, by now. The original Ghostbusters were always older, and something we could grow up to become.

The new team would make it impossible to aspire to become that, in our own minds, and may even be younger than many of us.

It’s probably going to be a natural reaction that effects whether or not each of us enjoys the new film.

I think that was part of the problem with the new Indy. It had been about 19 years between films, and had it come out in like 1992 or 1993, I think we’d probably have just seen Indy 5, and thought that nothing was really too out-there in Indy 4 (it would have been different without Shia, though, and Indy’s age would have put him into slightly different situations). People would have compared it more to Temple of Doom’s supernatural feel than wondering if Indy still had it.

I’d wager that we’re all going to be very split on our own reaction to the film. For some of us, it’s going to be like an old pair of pants. They may not fit as well, but they are broken in some. They may fit just as well, and we love wearing them. For others, it’ll be like a new pair of pants, however. You know how to wear the pants, but it takes a while to get used to them.

And that’s only half of it. The other half is that a new film means new ownership by a younger generation. The new generation will claim ownership of the franchise in their world, and start treading on well established territory. There will be some that claim the new team is better, and probably younger and if they go there, “hotter” than the original team. It’s going to frustrate a lot of us fans of the original.

I just say, we have to be prepared for anything.

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Ghostbusters.net’s Doctor Venkman replied to this, saying:

You make a lot of very valid, very well-though-out points. You verbalized a lot of what a lot of the community is feeling…. very torn between whether or not they want a new film and the reasons behind it.

You… you’ve earned it:

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And then I followed up with this:

Thanks! smile-puft Granted, in looking over my original post, I would like to add more punctuation to it, and split up some of the run-ons. But it was a stream of consciousness of what I feel about the film and how I feel reaction will be. It’s kind of well-informed as well. Analyzing fan reaction from Indiana Jones, Star Wars and even Prince Caspian and Terminator and the casting of Avatar: The Last Airbender; you get a lot of various feedback and it all plays a role. Being a fan of all of those series of films, books or tv shows, but not a super-fan to the point of rabid, has afforded me the chance to take a step back and ask why fans might feel the way that they do about certain properties.

I’m a big fan of Ghostbusters and The Karate Kid for very different reasons. I grew up watching both films hundreds of times. I know how the fans of each of the previously mentioned series feel, and claim the same type of ownership of GB and Karate Kid. Case in point, I created a mock DVD cover of what they’re doing with The Karate Kid franchise: http://www.sweetpaul.com/more-karate…ain-no-thanks/

I am very thankful that Ghostbusters isn’t just heading the route of re-make, because we’ll never know what might’ve been. I wish that Karate Kid went the same route, with Larusso teaching the kid.

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After posting that, I found an article regarding Karate Kid in which original star Ralph Macchio is quoted:

Macchio, now 47, said he expected the new version to flop. “It feels pretty good that some people are pretty angry that they’re trying to remake The Karate Kid,” he said. “It feels good that the public feels you don’t touch certain things. Some times you go back to that, and probably shouldn’t.”

He added: “From my personal view, the filling the void of what Mr Miyagi was – and the magic of that character – is going to be the toughest task.”

It’s a different set of circumstances, and I am very thankful that Dan Aykroyd is looking after the Ghostbusters series while he still can. I think we just have to wait and see how it all turns out.

Personally, I am happy that they’re going to do a new Ghostbusters film, and excited at the potential of Dr. Venkman’s idea for Ghostbusters franchises come to fruition. Having new recruits to take the series on can help give Ghostbusters the legs to last for generations to come.

Ghostbusters 3 to shoot this fall?

Wow! I just decided to check out some movie news, and found something that got me very cautiously excited. When I read it, I didn’t believe it. I still sort of think that I’m only dreaming. I also had a weird feeling that if they did indeed shoot this fall, it would be far too soon. I would have thought that 2010 would be the earliest that they could start shooting to make a great GB3. I don’t know why I felt that way. I suppose that it’s just caution, but who knows.

As for the announcement, if we get the announcement in June, perhaps it’ll be announced on June 8th, which is the 25th Anniversary of the original film’s theatrical release.

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Ghostbusters: The Video Game Behind the Scenes Details

A new video just came out with more details on the Ghostbusters video game that comes out on June 16th. It’s going to be awesome, and I’m going to obtain copies for both Xbox 360 and Wii, as well as the game for the DS. All three feature the same storyline, but with different graphics, and controls, should offer a lot of fun regardless of the system of play.

My Most Anticipated Movies of 2009

I figured that, since we’re getting closer to the summer movie schedule, now would be as good a time as any to post my list of movies that I anticipate seeing over the course of 2009. It’s definitely a truncated list, based on what I knew was coming out at the end of 2008. All release dates are subject to change, and additions to the list are a definite possibility.

The list of films is grouped by month. It starts out with April and goes to December. At the beginning of each month, I’ll be posting a new entry more information about each of the movies for that month, including (if available) a trailer for the film. I’ll also be expanding on my reasons for wanting to see the film, and whatever else strikes me at the time.

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