If there is one thing that is more in vogue in Hollywood than superhero movies, it’s sequels, and if there is one thing more in vogue in Hollywood than sequels, it would be remakes. And let’s not get into the sequels of remakes that themselves had sequels, but the new remake sequel is not a remake of the sequel… oh, your head could just explode from the sheer lack of creativity bounding around.
You may have heard that MGM is looking to remake “Fame,” one of their big hits of 1980, a film which launched a million headaches with its Oscar-winning titular song, spawned a not-that-interesting television series and gave Alan Parker the clout to make such films as the powerful “Shoot the Moon,” the electrifying “Pink Floyd: The Wall” and the sorrowfully uplifting “Birdy.” These films might not have become as successful as “Fame,” but Alan Parker became a better filmmaker for making those films, and 1980s cinema was enriched by their creations. So, logically, who would be at the top of the list of contenders for the remake, which is expected to begin production later this yearr Perhaps Adam Shankman, the choreographer turned director who just completed the much-buzzed about “Hairspray” musicalr Maybe Rob Marshall, the choreographer turned director who helmed “Chicago,” the 2002 Best Picture Oscar winnerr Or Susan Stroman, the Broadway director turned filmmaker who was behind the enjoyable, if not successful, 2005 adaptation of “The Producers”r How about Stanley Donen, the great director and lifelong collaborator of Gene Kelly, who deserves to have a better ending to his resume than “Blame It On Rio”r
While it can be argued any of them could be a worthy choice, we hear that it is Andy Fickman who has just signed on to helm the remake.
“Whor” you ask. in cinema, Fickman is best known for directing last year’s Amanda Bynes-starrer “She’s the Man,” and has just completed a football dramedy with Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson called “The Game Plan” which Disney is expected to release later this year. On stage, he became famed (no pun intended) for directing the 2004 musical satire version of “Reefer Madness,” whose record-breaking Los Angeles run (expected to only last two weeks but ending up playing to packed houses for over a year and a half) helped get the show transfered to off-Broadway, where it had the bad luck of being scheduled to open just four days after what became the tragic events of 9/11. But the show had caught the attention of the Showtime Network’s President of Entertainment, who helped turn the show into an original movie for the network, which led Fickman to his job on the Bynes movie.
It is not known what effect this will have on “She Had Brains, a Body, and the Ability to Make Men Love Her,” the Jennifer Love Hewitt-led comedy about the events surrounding a hooker housewife scandal that involved many prominent members of a small Texas town which he is currently attached to, although that has no set production start date.