Reheating 'The Breakfast Club'

Breakfast_lAnother day, another horrible idea for a movie remake. The Guardian blogger Daniel Martin persuasively makes the case why we don’t need an updated Breakfast Club, especially one that’s set in an airport lounge instead of a high school, but still, you have to wonder: what are these filmmakers (and the execs backing their project) thinking?

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  • Snarf

    BOO! Probably thinking they have to come up with something fast to continue to be on the (very lucritive) payroll.

  • furry_tom

    So… is their pilot making them write a paper before they can board the plane?

  • Ceballos

    It’s been said before, but it should be mentioned again: instead of remaking older/beloved classics, Hollywood really should focus its creative energy on coming up with good ideas.
    …but since that’s not gonna happen, why not remake newer misfires, instead of older/better fare that no one wants to see remade. I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: I’d probably plop down $7 for a remake of The DaVinci Code that’s, you know, exciting. (I’d pay only $7 because I still use my college ID despite the fact that I graduated from UF three years ago.)

  • Eric Friedmann

    Here’s what they’re thinking:
    Well, let’s see…I spent all those years in college and/or film school and apparently learned NOTHING about originality and creativity and how to use film as an intelligent medium. But golly, gee whiz, I have all this money laying around and would just hate to have to waste it on something that hasn’t been done on screen before. I guess the only real logical thing to do now is remake a movie that people have already seen before. Yeah, that’s it! Brilliant! Now all I need is Michael Bay!”
    Hollywood is dead!


    Only a “Super-Max-Zoom-Dweebie” would pay real money to go see this. Let’s look to Canada for good movies, eh?

  • Kathleen

    Studio execs? Hey! HEY! Stu-HEY! NO! NO. Bad! Bad studio execs! *rubs their noses in the steaming pile of “idea” they left on the floor*

  • Ep Sato

    Wow. I bet soon they’ll remake Heathers(this time set in a train station in Moscow) and Pretty in Pink (remade as a period piece that takes place in Santiago, Chile in the late 1800’s with the war with Peru as a backdrop).
    My ideas are awful, but some of the stuff that’s been remade has been equally bad. When remakes are done well, it’s usually because something really creative’s been done with them. For example, the Warriors was remade as a video game. The Italian Job paid enough homage to the original without being a stinker.
    On the other hand, we don’t need a remake of a movie that makes no sense in a modern context. Assault on Precinct 13 stands as a good example of this.

  • Ames

    If they are so out of ideas, why don’t they head on over to their local library and pull a book off the shelf. I read lots of books I think would be good movies. Maybe not blockbusters, but still, it’s an idea.

  • Judd Nelson

    A Breakfast Club remake? What can I say? I’m THRILLED. I want to be just like you movie making guys. I figure all I need is a lobotomy and some tights. Eat. My. Shorts. The idea of a remake is demented and sad and really pumps my nads. You remake my doobage, I’ll make you watch Cabin By The Lake and Return to Cabin By the Lake!!!

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  • Eric Friedmann

    I’ll be the first to admit, not all remakes are bad. Sometimes (and only sometimes) they even top the original. Here’s some examples (in my opinion):
    – The Maltese Falcon (1941)
    – House of Wax (1953)
    – The Ten Commandments (1956)
    – Ben-Hur (1959)
    – King Kong (1976 & 2005)
    – Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978)
    – Dracula (1979 & 1992)
    – The Bounty (1981)
    – The Fly (1986)
    – Always (1989)
    – Ransom (1996)
    – The Italian Job (2003)

  • Chels

    OMG…There really are some great books out there that could be good movies…don’t mess with the classics!

  • Stephanie T.

    Assault on Precinct 13 made no sense, this is true. Famous teen movies should not be remade, period. However it is possible to “update” some famous teen flicks as sequels to focus on modern day subjects that todays teens face. Fast Times can be done a sequel. It would not be original (Degrassi TNG), but it could work. The Breakfast Club can only be remade as a Broadway play (not musical, play). The monologues were really deep, especially Emilo Estevez’es buns taping confession.

  • Houstonian Jen in DC

    I don’t see the point of remaking the Breakfast Club. I can understand remakes more when they are for some long, long ago movie that most people now don’t know about–and the ones who are familiar with it are either really old, dead, or film students. But, a film that is 20 years old, comes on cable just about every week, so it is probably still in the minds of alot of people,and therefore ripe for comparison…what’s the point?
    For the love of Peter Sellers, Hollywood, be creative!

  • Ellipsian

    “The Breakfast Club” is my favorite movie. Ever. That said, this “Bumped” movie–as pathetic sounding as it may be–is NOT a remake of “TBC”, has nothing to do with it whatsoever, and so my mind is at ease. Ultimately, there are only so many ideas; it comes down to whether or not the idea can be spun in a way that makes it fresh.
    Besides, the whole “Breakfast Club”-ian “teens trapped in a _____” thing has been rehashed (on “Dawson’s Creek” for one, and recently on “One Tree Hill” I believe, for another) multiple times, but no one called them remakes. Of course, no one called them “good” either…

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