1980’s Movies Being Brought Back as Broadway Musicals – Stop the Madness!
A Random Rant by Staff Editor, PK (Pulled and re-published, now with extended rant)
As I’m cruising the interwebs, I heard a lot of screaming and crying mixed with a bit of golf clapping. Much to my chagrin, I discovered that Broadway has broken into the 1980’s section of the net and was found pillaging old movie scripts for ideas for new shows. I pulled my web-browser over and hopped out, quickly grabbing one of the Broadway Producers by the shirt and begging him for an answer, “why are you digging up old 80’s movies for shows?” He looked at me with lifeless eyes and pointed to the wallet in my pocket, “money” he groaned like a zombie. The 80’s was a special part of my life; classic Nintendo games, the early days of hardcore movies like Die Hard, and there was just something about a cute girl with chemically irradiated big hair, Swatch Watches and neon green tube socks.
And while I respect that Hollywood has the right to occasionally dig up a good movie and remake it, I have to ask, do you think they’re going a bit far with all the remakes? For every few brand-new movies with original stories, it feels like we’re being inundated with five or six remakes every year or so. Hollywood’s brain-drained obsession with making a fast buck off established stories from 20-30 years ago, has become contagious and spread to Broadway. News has come out that Back To The Future is being strongly considered for adaptation for a Broadway musical, and that sound you just heard is BTTF fans around the world fainting. Now I know I can’t speak for all fans, but this news really just made me groan in pain.
If it was just BTTF it might not be so painful, but word is coming down the pipe that movies “Newsies,” “Ghost,” “Big Fish,” “Austin Powers,” “Rocky,” “The Goonies,” and “Dave”, are being developed for the stage. Movie wise, modern day versions of “RoboCop“, “Total Recall”, and what appears to be a 5th installment in the Terminator movie series are being worked on. RoboCop is set to release sometime in 2013, while Total Recall is planned for this year. This is sort of a two-pronged rant on the movie and stage industry, they’ve helped our lives by bringing to the screen and stage, stories that have shaped us and our culture beyond belief. In a way I can understand film makers pulling old movies out of the vault and adding effects or even entire scenes years later, but I think many would agree that it detracts from the original movie and is an insult to those who worked on the film in the first place and to the fans.
I’ve only had brief exposure to the stage works, but have seen some on television. It’s the original form of organized entertainment, and it deserves more respect than taking a bunch of movies (some of which may not translate well) and trying to cram them onto the stage. I think my main gripe is the constant remaking of movies, and those in the stage industry not trying to just come up with their own original works. I admit that it’s extremely hard to come up with purely original content these days, everything is influenced by something else. And that’s not specifically a bad thing, but it makes it harder for people like me to become engaged in the story. Especially when it feels like a retelling of a retelling of something else, ya’know. Now I know that not all of the movies listed above are from the 80’s, but they still don’t deserve the horror of a Broadway treatment, not when there’s perfectly good story-lines out there that are more suited for stage production.
Cinema and Stage fans the world over beg those in power to stop the madness of endless remakes and sequels that are sure to be painful!
These are all excellent movies, but do they need to be remade or sequel’d as movies or Broadway shows?,
One Old Angry 80’s Nerd