With today being something of a classic movie day (with our Beginner’s Guide to Classics and Drew’s John Huston retrospective), I thought it would be fitting to devote tonight’s comment diversion to the same. I was just thinking how remarkable it is that Hollywood has decided to pillage every toy, board game, movie, and cartoon from the 80s in an effort to fill its slate over the next few years, but how fortunate we’ve been that studios — for the most part — haven’t desecrated too many of the classics. Yet. Of course, all it takes is one to succeed with mainstream audiences before studio suits start ransacking Billy Wilder and Orson Welles’ catalogue. And while we may furiously mock Gus Van Sant’s remake of Psycho, the fact that it was such a disaster has probably contributed to Hollywood’s mostly hands-off approach to movies made before 1975.
But, for the sake of tonight’s comment diversion, let’s do a little fantasy casting. Whether you want it to be remade or not, identify your favorite classic movie and update it with your dream cast.
Take, for example, mine: His Girl Friday (which would undoubtedly take place in the fast-paced world of bloggers) starring Vince Vaughn (at his best), Elizabeth Banks in the Rosalind Russell role, and Ryan Reynolds in the Ralph Bellamy role (he’s kind of perfect for it, to be honest). Director: Jason Reitman.
I know. It feels blasphemous. But indulge me.