Still from the original 'Lawnmower Man'/Image © New Line Cinema
There’s no love lost between Stephen King and “The Lawnmower Man“; the author successfully sued the filmmakers to have his name taken off the film, claiming (quite accurately) that it bore no resemblance to the short story it was supposedly based on. Even King’s probably amused to hear that a new twenty-six-episode TV series based on the film is currently in production. Meanwhile, the integrity of the actual short story (part of the collection Night Shift) remains weirdly intact.
Speaking of really weird remake news, Tom Cruise is taking on “The Magnificent Seven” — itself a remake of Kurosawa’s “The Seven Samurai,” which is itself also being remade. As the AVClub points out, that makes Cruise’s version “a remake of a remake of a film that is concurrently being remade.”
Tumblr’s been buzzing over this shot-by-shot comparison of Stanley Kubrick’s “The Shining” and Victor Sjöström’s 1921 film “The Phantom Carriage” (itself based on a novel). Fascinating to see his inspiration, but it really just proves that any film can be improved with a liberal helping of Shelley Duvall.
The way the MPAA decides to express itself when creating warnings for films has resulted in a lot of unintentional humor. Here are twenty of the best examples. For example, Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland adaptation was “Rated PG for fantasy action/violence involving scary images and situations, and for a smoking caterpillar.”