More Sequels and Remakes: About Last Night, The Collector 2, Tron 3, and A Star is Born
01.23.11 by Ryan
For those that think there's been enough sequels and remakes coming out of Hollywood, we have bad news: they're making more. It's easy to see why remakes and sequels continue to get made. The top four grossing movies for 2010 were, in order, Toy Story 3, Alice in Wonderland, Iron Man 2, and Twilight Saga: Eclipse, all sequels or remakes. The remakes of The Karate Kid and Clash of the Titans came in 11th and 12th, proving the box office value of remakes.
Almost a month in to 2011 and there are plenty of remakes and sequels in the works, including some many might have never guessed were being suggested, such as the remake of 1986's About Last Night....
Variety reports producer Will Gluck (Easy A) and Sony Screen Gems are working on a remake of the romantic comedy, which starred Rob Lowe and Demi Moore. Based on the 1974 David Mamet play Sexual Perversity in Chicago, the original kept the play's opening monologue (performed by Jim Belushi) and essentially tossed out the rest, while earning $38 million at the box office. Gluck will supervise the hiring of a screenwriter and director for the remake.
Deadline reports that Clint Eastwood has signed on for a remake of 1937's A Star is Born, which has already been remade in 1954 and, most recently, in 1976 with Barbra Streisand and Kris Kristofferson. Eastwood will produce and direct from a script by Will Fetters (Remember me), which will likely follow the original story of an alcoholic movie star falling for a younger female artist that is on the rise. Beyonce is already signed on to play the female lead, while the male lead is being cast. Production should begin this fall.
The 2009 horror movie The Collector wasn't exactly a blockbuster, but earning $9 million in worldwide box office almost tripled its budget, which, in the horror genre, means sequel.
Patrick Melton, who co-wrote The Collector with writing partner Marcus Dunstan (who also directed) told DreadCentral that production is already "two days in" on the sequel, titled The Collection. Dunstan is again directing the 28-day Atlanta shoot, after which the screenwriters will get back to work on another horror sequel they've written, Piranha 3DD for director John Gulager.
Disney has yet to announce an official sequel to Tron: Legacy, but put screenwriters Adam Horowitz and Edward Kitsis to work writing the script for a sequel last April, months before the movie even opened.
opening in first place at the box office, and finally reaching blockbuster status of $100 million at the domestic box office last month, AICN reported last week that Disney is close to announcing Tron 3. More recently, fansite Tron Sector reported that a Tron 3 teaser trailer will be included on Legacy's upcoming DVD and Blu-Ray releases. Both director Joseph Kosinski and actress Olivia Wilde have discussed returning for a sequel.