Disney Remaking Flight of the Navigator!

Flight of the NavigatorWow… this is something that I actually saw coming at some point in the near future, and it’s one that I’m actually happy about. I was a pretty big fan of the original version of the film, but I always thought it was too short, and they didn’t really get into the story as much as I would have liked. I wanted to see more than they offered, which is probably part of why I watched it more than a few times.

Now, Disney is planning a remake of the film:

Brad Copeland is writing the remake, which is being produced by Mandeville partners David Hoberman and Todd Lieberman.

The 1986 original told the story of a 12-year-old boy who is abducted by an alien spacecraft in 1978 and reappears eight years later, still the same age and with no memory of what happened. NASA scientists discover a connection between the boy and a downed spacecraft and try to exploit the boy, who ultimately escapes with the ship and attempts to reunite with his family.

The movie grossed only $17 million when it was released but was later rediscovered on VHS, becoming a cult hit.

John Hyde, who executive produced the first one, steps into the same role for the new version.

Mandeville’s senior vp Albert Page will help oversee development and exec produce. Kristin Burr is overseeing for Disney.

Copeland, repped by UTA, wrote “Wild Hogs” for Disney and is writing “Nightcrawlers” at Warners. He cut his teeth in the TV world, where he acted as writer-producer on “Arrested Development” and recently as writer and consulting producer on “My Name is Earl.”

The Kung Fu Kid – The Karate Kid Remake: Renamed?

The Karate Kid RemakeI’ve just read that they have decided to re-name the Karate Kid remake. Thank you! The Kung Fu Kid is a name that I recommended back in January.

This is the first positive news that I have heard. According to an interview with Jackie Chan, found on FirstShowing: “They don’t want to call it Karate Kid any more,” Chan said. “They want to call it The Kung Fu Kid.”

It’s about time that a company got some bit of intelligence when doing a remake of a film that many, including myself, consider to be a classic among films created in the past 150 years.

I mean, Pat Morita was nominated for an Academy Award for his performance in the original Karate Kid. Let’s not have Jackie Chan try to repeat that performance. Let’s see if the news continues to improve as character names are changed, and the name Miyagi doesn’t appear in the film.

-via Obsessed with Film

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.

More Karate Kid Remake News: Jackie Chan as Miyagi? Again, No Thanks!

The Karate Kid RemakeSo, not only are they destroying the classic film The Karate Kid by making a remake of the original.  They’re also ruining the character of Mr. Miyagi with the casting of Jackie Chan in the iconic role. In a move that I am sure the executives believe is the best choice worth celebrating, they’ve picked someone that is not right for the tone that Miyagi set.

For those of you that don’t know, Will Smith’s son, Jaden Smith is in the leading role of Daniel Larusso.  However, the name will likely be changed as Larusso was Italian. The character has also been dropped from high school to middle school, making any amount of story from the original movie nil.  An article at Variety said that it “will borrow elements of the original plot, wherein a bullied youth learns to stand up for himself with the help of an eccentric mentor.”

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Klonoa Remake coming to Wii this year

KlonoaI had never heard of Klonoa before this late last year. When I did hear about it, I wasn’t all that interested in it. But since reading about the game-play mechanics, consider me interested in giving it a shot. This game came out in 1997 on the Sony PlayStation (no wonder I missed it!) and features 2 1/2 dimensional game-play.

Old games being remade for the Wii have tended to be games that were released on other, non-Nintendo, consoles. They also have a tendency to be great games that the developer believes can find a new audience, and perhaps to breathe new life into a property.
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