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John Hughes Finally Getting Remade?

By Dustin Rowles | Industry | May 22, 2009 |

By Dustin Rowles | Industry | May 22, 2009 |

In a Hollywood environment where nothing is sacrosanct anymore, it’s actually amazing to me that no one has actually put together a remake of a John Hughes’ film yet, particularly given the number of films he’s made and the relative ease it’d take to update one of his movies with a new generation of Brat Packers. How hard would it be to remake Pretty in Pink, for instance, with Christopher Mintz-Plasse as Ducky, one of the ladies of High School Musical in the Molly Ringwald part, and Robert Pattinson filling in the James Spader role?

Fortunately, no one in Hollywood has yet had the cajones to pull the trigger on a Hughes’ remake, although that may soon change.

According to a unconfirmed source of specious reliability inside a Hollywood studio (read: This could be complete bullshit, but it’s a slow news day), an Uncle Buck remake is being considered.Nothing has been confirmed and no one has officially been attached, but according to this source, they are looking at Dan Fogler to take the role. Eeesh. Talk about a guy who doesn’t even deserve to wear John Candy’s holey underwear. If John Candy were still alive, I suspect he’d track down Fogler eat him before he’d allow this remake.

Still, the rumor has the small ring of truth to it, if only because my source also suggests that Robert Ben Garant would direct from a script co-written by him and Thomas Lennon. They were the unfortunate team behind another Fogler flick, Balls of Fury. But while I’m slowly warming up to Fogler (the trailer for his Hysterical Psycho looks outstanding, and some keep insisting he has talent), I’m still not ready to forgive the man for Balls of Fury or Good Luck Chuck. And I’d hope he’d have enough decency to realize that he’s not fit to take any role once owned by John Candy (though, he is playing Alfred Hitchock and Sam Kinison in upcoming films, so it’s possible he has no scruples).

Anyway: Pure rumor. Who knows. However, in more reliable news, Fogler did hint that the director of Fanboys, Kyle Newman, is considering a sequel. According to Moviehole:

In it, the characters would regroup to go on another mission - this time to crash the set of ”Star Wars Attack of the Clones” in Australia. If it were to happen, Fogler thinks Newman should probably do this one independently - without the studio involved (after the whole fiasco on the first film). And yeah, he’d love to reprise Hatch. “If you want to do it right, do it independently”, says Fogler, “If he could come up with the right script, and get everyone together again, I would definitely do it.”

Given the massive failure of Fanboys, both critically and commercially, I can’t imagine this would ever happen. But, the premise does sound appealing.

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