Another 'High Noon'? Are they high?

Noon_lAccording to The Hollywood Reporter, there’s a new High Noon in the offing. In case you don’t remember, that’s the 1952 oater in which Gary Cooper (pictured) fends off a band of outlaws in real-time. (Like 24, but 50 years ahead of its time — and a whole lot better.)

It’s an undeniable classic and should be allowed to rest, unmolested, for all eternity. Especially since we saw what happened the last time it was remade: the 1981 sci-fi pic Outland, one of Sean Connery’s few clunkers.

When will Hollywood realize that there’s no upside to remaking classic films? It’ll never be as good as its progenitor; in fact, it will only suffer the comparison. Gus Van Zant’s Psycho proved that.

Find some films with fantastic premises that didn’t fully exploit them…or were just plain bad in the process. Not Near Dark, not Escape From New York, and not High Noon.

What would you like to see remade? Freshened up? Given a new coat of paint? Me, personally: The Hot Rock, the 1972 jewel heist comedy starring Robert Redford and George Segal. Or The Running Man (actually, just go back to Stephen King’s novella, which has become prescient over time). Or Star Wars: Episode I. Your turn.

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  • cindy

    The Last Dragon

  • jason

    “one of Sean Connery’s FEW clunkers”?!?!
    Are you kidding?

  • castlenes

    Red Dawn

  • castlenes

    Red Dawn

  • Dan TO

    I will always defend Gus Van Zant’s Psycho. Yes, the original will always be the one of best films ever made… and one of my faves. However, GVZs version was a shot-for-shot, line-for-line remake with different actors and set in the present. To my knowledge this is the only time this has ever been done in film and makes for a fascinating study how these nuances change perception of the story and characters. What Psycho geek doesn’t appreciate it on that level?

  • Joe C

    I actually disagree; I like the classics being remade because it introduces a new generation to them. For example, Cape Fear. I saw the Robert Deniro/Nick Nolte one and through that version discovered the Gregory Peck/Robert Mitchum one. I’d never heard of High Noon before now; if I like the remake, I might check out the first one.

  • mjryan

    Personally, I think Peter Jackson’s King Kong is the best example of taking a classic and improving upon it while keeping the integrity of the original. Everyone seems to forget that reamake and always focus on Psycho. As for High Noon, sadly I haven’t seen it but as soon as it shows on TCM, I will. The question is, who (director, producer, writer) is remaking High Noon?

  • Craig

    I loved Outland. I watch that movie whenever it comes on.

  • Ames

    When I saw “Guess who’s coming to dinner” I thought it had to be updated. Mainly b/c the girl was so beneath Sidney Poitier. That movie’s idea of a modern women was someone who was allowed to speak while serving martinis.
    However, Bernie Mac and Ashten Cutcher were not what I had in mind.

  • Ep Sato

    First, agreed that it’s disgraceful anyone would remake high noon. The movie is a gem not only for its themes, but also what it symbolized in its era. Now, remaking The Running Man would also be a sin. Richard Dawson’s performance was legendary.
    I’d love to see the Warriors remade, but only if it’s done “retro” to reflect on the era the book was written. Gangs of NYC in the 1960′s might be an interesting concept to see on film.
    Now that the online game is coming out, a remade Conan would be cool. The character’s got tons of storyline between the books and comics.
    Or instead of a remake, why not a long anticipated sequel? The Last Starfighter certainly had a lot of promise…
    Finally, Jason’s right. Connery’s made a LOT of crappy movies. Medicine Man anyone?

  • Sally

    Let’s put a moratorium on remakes…PLEASE! I don’t believe they’re going to remake High Noon…that’s like remaking Gone with the Wind…you know, Hollywood wants to do that so badly, so they keep making prequels and sequels to GWTW….next they’ll try to remake Citizen Cane…that’s why they need to put a moratorium on remakes.

    • Linda

      Dag nabbit good stuff you whippnresappers!

  • Martha

    How about Hollywood coming up with original scripts instead of trying to mine past gems? The quality record of remakes is pretty piss-poor.

  • Sarah

    That picture looks like Dermot Mulroney!

  • Verity

    While I agree Hollywood often goes too far when it tries to remake beloved classics, there are a few remakes out there that I really enjoyed just as much or, in some cases, better than the original. “Ocean’s 11″ was great when it starred the Rat Pack and was just as good when George Clooney and Brad Pitt took it on again. “An Affair to Remember” was a remake of “Love Affair” but is the version we remember most today, plus it had all of those Oscar nominations. I’ll admit though that the third remake (back to the title “Love Affair”) was definitely below standards. I also enjoyed “The Italian Job” with Mark Wahlberg more than I did the original version that originally starred Michael Cane. So it’s not always a bad thing. I think instead of remaking the solid classics (like “High Noon” and “Psycho”) they should focus on films that maybe aren’t remembered as well today and that could be told well in a modern setting.

  • Nose

    Nothing. Nothing needs to be re-made. Leave old movies alone. I die a little inside every time I hear that one of my favorite childhood movies is going to be modernized. Stay away from old movies and come up with something new and original!!

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