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April 21, 2013

‘Weird Science’ remake to be ‘edgier’ but still unnecessary

More news from the unnecessary remake department:

More news from the unnecessary remake department:

Movie blog Deadline Hollywood broke the story earlier this week that Universal Pictures and producer Joel Silver will do a remake of the 1980s John Hughes comedy “Weird Science.”

The original “Weird Science” starred Anthony Michael Hall and Ilan Mitchell-Smith as brainy nerds who try to create the perfect woman to fulfill their overly hormonal fantasies. It also starred Bill Paxton, Robert Downey Jr. and Kelly LeBrock as the Frankenstein-like creation, who was not Frankenstein-looking at all.

No news on casting yet. But Michael Bacall has been hired to write the script, which Deadline says will be “an edgier R-rated comedy in line with ‘21 Jump Street’ and ‘The Hangover.’ ” That’s not exactly reassuring, as Bacall wrote the story and script for the horribly awful “Project X,” though he did co-write “Scott Pilgrim vs. the World,” and fellow ’80s remake “21 Jump Street” (and its sequel, to be released in 2014).

What’s next? A remake of “The Breakfast Club”? (Hope I didn’t just jinx that into happening.)

Tantalizing teaser — Posters and trailers for “Only God Forgives” hit the Internet this week, prompting quite a bit of buzz for an art-house film that won’t even open until July.

Movie blogs scoured the film’s striking teaser poster, which features a dragon neon design and the tagline “Time to meet the devil.” This new one-sheet replaces an earlier teaser poster that featured star Ryan Gosling’s overly pummeled face. The film’s story follows a drug smuggler (Gosling) thriving in Bangkok’s criminal underworld who sees his life get even more complicated when his mother compels him to avenge his brother’s recent death.

I’m particularly excited about the film because it’s another pairing of Gosling and his “Drive” director Nicolas Winding Refn. And if the trailers are any indication, “God Forgives” looks to be as stylish — and violent — as “Drive.”

Winding Refn is fast building a hardcore following for his directorial style, which usually incorporates languid pacing, gorgeously dark cinematography and more blood than you can shake a broken nose at.

“Only Good Forgives” is set to play at the Cannes Film Festival in May.

To view the trailer, go to

Awful Avengers? — Director Joss Whedon has long been a fanboy favorite, through such beloved TV shows as “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” and “Angel.” But his stardom catapulted last year with the staggering success of “The Avengers.”

Whedon told Entertainment Weekly this week that he already had an idea for the sequel before they even started shooting “Avengers.”

“I’ve seen plenty of movies that are the first part in a trilogy that never happened, and it’s terrible,” Whedon said. “You don’t save anything for the trip back. Having said that, though, I did think, ‘If they were to come back, I know what’s going to happen and it’s going to be awful.’ ”

With the superheroes’ solo films in the near future, speculation is that they will set the stage for “Avengers 2,” and that the sequel could be much darker in tone than the first film. Perhaps there will be strife among the heroes? It’s not that hard to imagine — the clash between Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.) and Captain America (Chris Evans) could potentially be a plot device explored further, as movie website Screen Rant mentions.

But of course, we’ll just have to wait and see.

“The Avengers 2” is set to be released on May 1, 2015.

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