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American remake of 'The Host'

Old 11-19-08, 05:01 PM
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American remake of 'The Host'

From Variety:
Universal Pictures and Gore Verbinski will remake the 2006 Bong Joon-ho-directed Korean thriller "The Host," with commercials director Fredrik Bond making his feature helming debut and Mark Poirier ("Smart People") to pen the script.

Story follows a town terrorized by a giant mutant squidlike creature hatched by toxins that flow into a nearby river from a military base. When the creature grabs a little girl, her dysfunctional family must band together to rescue her.

Verbinski will produce with Vertigo's Roy Lee and Doug Davison, along with Paul Brooks.
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Old 11-19-08, 05:06 PM
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Originally Posted by riotinmyskull View Post
The phrase "commercials director" is a pretty big red flag. I wish Verbinski himself were directing it.
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Old 11-19-08, 05:17 PM
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Verbinski needs to pull the plug on this and get on with Bioshock.
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Old 11-19-08, 05:21 PM
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Originally Posted by gryffinmaster View Post
Verbinski needs to pull the plug on this and get on with Bioshock.
Agreed, but then again, Spielberg can produce a dozen movies while making his own, so who knows.

I didn't care for The Host and really have no interest in seeing a remake.
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Old 11-19-08, 05:24 PM
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maybe it'll be less bland - and I hope less hyped than the original
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Old 11-19-08, 06:27 PM
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It's bound to happen. With the success of Cloverfield, I wouldn't be surprised to see more monster films around the corner. Why not begin with an existing premise.

I'd rent it, just to witness what Hollywood does with the blending of some good ol' fashioned Korean melodrama and out of place black humor that made the original work ..and fairly distinct. ...and see it all gets flushed down the toilet.

It's not as if the original is a classic or anything, but I did enjoy quite a few aspects of it ..at least enough to fork over for the super-maxed Korean limited DVD release of it. Still one of my favorite sets.
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Old 11-19-08, 06:57 PM
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So what?
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I don't think they'll have the balls to ...

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... kill the little girl.


To be honest, the only way an American remake would work is if they make it an all-out action film with more drama and less comedy; but then again, that also defeats the purpose of the original film.
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Old 11-19-08, 07:34 PM
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(Shakes head) So Hollywood has dug the well all the way to China. Well, South Korea.
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Old 11-19-08, 07:36 PM
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Originally Posted by Matthew Chmiel View Post
I don't think they'll have the balls to ...

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... kill the little girl.
Yeah, that'll never fly.
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Old 11-19-08, 08:08 PM
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If they keep that character as underdeveloped as they were in the original, I don't see the problem.
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Originally Posted by lopper View Post
So what?
I think that will be my reply to every thread about remakes.
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Originally Posted by The Valeyard View Post

And this will be my reply to every thread about asian film remakes.
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Originally Posted by RichC2 View Post
If they keep that character as underdeveloped as they were in the original, I don't see the problem.
Underdeveloped, really?
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The daughter is the reason why the film exists in the first place. Without the daughter being captured by the creature, there would be no story. The reason the film ends on (somewhat) of a downbeat ending is because of her death at the end (i.e. the story receives closure, but not the closure the audience would want). There's really not that much you can do with a young girl trapped down a sewer pit for an entire two hours.
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Old 11-19-08, 10:46 PM
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Originally Posted by NoirFan View Post
The phrase "commercials director" is a pretty big red flag.
Ridley Scott started out as a commercials director.

Here's one commerical Fredrik Bond has directed:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pNWYDqP_sjE
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Old 11-19-08, 11:38 PM
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Originally Posted by Matthew Chmiel View Post
Underdeveloped, really?
Spoiler:
The daughter is the reason why the film exists in the first place. Without the daughter being captured by the creature, there would be no story. The reason the film ends on (somewhat) of a downbeat ending is because of her death at the end (i.e. the story receives closure, but not the closure the audience would want). There's really not that much you can do with a young girl trapped down a sewer pit for an entire two hours.
I don't disagree, I just didn't care so much, the character was a macguffin.

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