New addition: Messing with memories

In an effort to further fuel that nostalgia gland, we here at Natsukashi will feature a new periodic column entry called “Messing with Memories,” in which we will highlight various films slated to be remade/sequelized in the years ahead.

If you have any information of upcoming projects, please feel free to let us know and we will certainly include it. Please realize that not all films will wind up at a theater near you, but we will do our best to provide you with current information on them at the time of the post.

First up is a film that takes us back to a time before Drs. Drew and Phil made us feel guilty about our wily, drunken ways:

Arthur

Original: 1981
Starring: Dudley Moore, Liza Minnelli, John Gielgud
Remake scheduled: 2011
Starring: Russell Brand (Forgetting Sarah Marshall)

Original: Irascible millionaire party-boy Arthur Bach was a fun drunk. The kind who would invite hookers to swanky parties, and caught between the moon and New York City. It was Dudley Moore’s first big film after reaching worldwide acclaim falling for a jiggily Bo Derek in 10 two years prior. The film won two Oscars and was named one of Bravo’s top 10 funniest films of all time.

Remake: Former naughty millionaire party boy Russell Brand is scheduled to fill Moore’s expensive loafers in a bit of casting that may seem a tad too close to home, were it not for the addition of writer Peter Baynham, frequent collaborator with Sacha Baron Cohen and Lee and Herring.  Brand has said he wants to remain true to the original, including the soundtrack songs (though chances are good the Jonas Brothers or Bob Geldolf will not be featured on the soundtrack). Add to this a chance for Brand to poke fun at his own storied past and there perhaps could be reason to pop open the bubbly.

And, Christopher Cross has an album slated for release in 2010.

Sources:

Slash Film: http://www.slashfilm.com/2009/02/26/the-arthur-remake-just-got-interesting-peter-baynham-to-put-words-in-russell-brands-mouth/
MTV Blog: http://moviesblog.mtv.com/2009/03/16/russell-brands-arthur-remake-will-honor-boozy-original-with-new-york-setting-burt-bacharach-tunes/
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7 Comments

  1. “Messing with Memories”? I like it!

    Still, I’d have prefered “Raping Childhood”, or “Grave Digging”, and “Frankensteining ghr Past”.

    But “Messing with Memories” works too.

  2. [“the” not “ghr”]

  3. The top contenders were:
    1) The studio execs’ new pool house
    2) Creative Bankruptcy
    3) Remake!: The Remake

    But I, for one, am abivalent about some remakes, as it could be argued that My Bloody Valentine was one NOT better left alone, and if we just accepted Bakshi’s ‘Lord of the Rings,’ we might not have had Jackson’s epic. But, for the most part, I think it mainly reinforces the ‘business’ of show business.

    • Well in defense of Bakshi, it was THAT bad, as long as one didn’t think of it as “Lord of the Rings”.

      Personally, I’m above all offended at these versions of cartoons that turn childhood memories into brain-dead semi-R-rated garbage (“Transformers”).

      • I really love Bakshi, but that was not his finest hour, despite what looked like good intentions.

        Agree on the second point. But it’s not limited to just memories of product or pervious established entities (I’m looking at you, ‘G-Force).

        Also, the ‘Squeakquel” just passed $100 million. Sigh.

  4. Hey there guys, I’ve nominated you for the Kreativ Blogger Award. See here for more info: http://www.top10films.co.uk/archives/1015

  5. Pretty nice blog you’ve got here. Thanx for it. I like such themes and anything that is connected to them. I would like to read more soon.

    Best regards


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