Tuesday, July 27, 2010

If I was to remake a film...

I'm not a fan of remakes even though some of my favorite films are remakes. Films such as John Carpenter's "The Thing" and David Cronenberg's "The Fly" are two of my childhood favorites. Other remakes that I like and I feel most people do that worked well were Scorsese's "Cape Fear" and "The Departed". Both films I feel most people don't realize are remakes. Now the remake I would want to do wouldn't fit into the class of these films because I'm talking about remaking KILLDOZER! Which was according to wikipedia "a made for TV science-fiction/horror movie filmed in 1974, adapted from a 1944 novella by Theodore Sturgeon. A comic-book adaptation appeared the same year, in Marvel Comics Worlds Unknown #6 (April 1974)." I saw this film sometime in 1994 or 1995 on the Sci-Fi Channel and had forgotten about it someone told me to google "Marvin Heemeyers" and then the name Killdozer! clicked. Since then I've tried to find a vhs copy of this film and had no luck but luckily this is the age of the internet and it wasn't too hard to find a viewable platform. I digress. The original film takes place on an island off the coast of Africa where 5 or 6 construction workers battle to the death with a bulldozer that's been possessed by a meteor from outer space but ends on a pretty high note and a low body count. It's super cheesy yet a very fun film in a very 70's way. Being that it's a made for tv movie from 74, it's very out dated and like Conan says below the thing moves about 10 to 15 mph. I feel like this film was already sort of remake into one of my favorite Stephen King films which he directed, "Maximum Overdrive", it came out in 1986 is pretty much "Killdozer!" times ten thousand with a soundtrack by AC/DC to push it even more over the top. I've seen "Maximum Overdrive" probably a hundred times and always try to get people to watch it whenever someone says they've never heard of it because I really do think it's that awesome of a film. The trailer doesn't do this film justice!

Conan even calls out Stephen King in this clip but about "Christine" instead and then this film being remade is brought up by one of the guys that was in the original film.

My idea for a remake of this film would keep a couple ideas from the original film. Keep it on an island off the coast of somewhere tropical. I think only four people die in the first film, hardly enough to give it such an awesomely epic name as KILLDOZER so up the number of people on the island should be around 50 for large body count. Scratch the idea of a construction crew and replace it with a military testing island. The basic bulldozer is an awesome piece of machinery and could do all sorts of damage but I don't see the U.S.A. using anything basic so I'd replace that with this killing machine that some kid made a model of in the memory of Marvin Heemeyers.

Seeing this dude on a killing spree would be awesome! I like the idea of a rock falling out of the sky and then it's special powers being released into a bulldozer that tries to move it but a much cooler idea would be that the meteor was on the island from millions of years ago and is uncovered when some scientists blow a hole in the side of mountain while testing out some weapons and they try to use the newly created, one of a kind KILLDOZER and that's when it possesses the machine and the blood bath begins. I'm not gonna sit here and tell you everything that would happen but that would be my starting point. The more the gore and the less that cgi the better. Lots of stuff being blown up and no one gets out alive, well maybe a mini dozer...

The next film under attack for a McStotts remake would be the classic film from 1993 "Carnosaur"...

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Bill Murray never does interviews

Click the link at the bottom to read the whole thing, dude's doin shit his way.

Bill Murray: How long do these things last? [picks up recorder] How much time is on these things?

GQ: A lot. They're digital.

Digital? I was thinking of recording myself sleeping. Would this work?

Well, assuming you don't make more than an hour and a half of noise each night, you'll be okay.

I dunno. That's why I need the recorder. Sometimes I snore, like when I get really tired. Smoke a cigar or something, you know. I have a brother with sleep apnea. That's terrifying. Jesus. But anyhow…you have questions.

I do. Here's my first one: Why the 800 number?

Well, it's what I finally went to. I have this phone number that they call and talk. And then I listen.

And you just weed 'em out?

I just sort of decide. I might listen and say, "Okay, why don't you put it on a piece of paper? Put it on a piece of paper, and if it's interesting, I'll call you back, and if it's not, I won't." It's exhausting otherwise. I don't want to have a relationship with someone if I'm not going to work with them. If you're talking about business, let's talk about business, but I don't want to hang out and bullshit.

But that's so much of how Hollywood does business.

Yeah, well, that always kind of creeped me out. And I don't like to work. I only like working when I'm working.

Well, I remember, you took a big break. It was in the late '80s, right?

It was in the middle of the '80s. Actually, I've taken a couple of breaks. I've retired a couple of times. It's great, because you can just say, "Oh, I'm sorry. I'm retired." [laughs] And people will actually believe that you've retired. There are nutters out there that will go, "Oh, okay!" and then leave you alone.

I'm always interested in how you pick your projects, because that's one damned random filmography. For Get Low, I dimly suspect that it came down to the line "One thing about Chicago, people know how to die."

[laughs] Well, that was appealing. No, [producer] Dean Zanuck and I had the nicest phone conversation, and I thought, Hmm… And then I saw the making-of DVD of his last movie. This really should be kept secret, but you can learn a lot by watching the making-of DVDs. Every actor should do it. You figure out what you're dealing with. And I thought, You know, this guy is all right. And it turned out beautifully. Where the hell did we take it? That's right. Poland. There's kind of a famous cinematography festival, in a place called Lodz, and God, they went nuts for it. These cinematographers were all, [deadpan Eastern European accent] "Oh yeah, dis good."

Like comedians, nodding at a joke.

Exactly! Oh yeah. [nods, stone-faced] "That's funny." They were just like that.

You have a lot of lines in this one that get tons of laughs I doubt were on the page. It's all in the rhythm, the delivery. How do you pitch something like that? How do you make something out of nothing?

I have developed a kind of different style over the years. I hate trying to re-create a tone or a pitch. Saying, "I want to make it sound like I made it sound the last time"? That's insane, because the last time doesn't exist. It's only this time. And everything is going to be different this time. There's only now. And I don't think a director, as often as not, knows what is going to play funny anyway. As often as not, the right one is the one that they're surprised by, so I don't think that they have the right tone in their head. And I think that good actors always—or if you're being good, anyway—you're making it better than the script. That's your fucking job. It's like, Okay, the script says this? Well, watch this. Let's just roar a little bit. Let's see how high we can go.

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Friday, July 9, 2010