November 19, 2008

The Host to be Remade by Universal

Variety is reporting that Korean monster movie, The Host, will be remade under the Universal banner with Pirates of the Caribbean and Mouse Hunt director Gore Verbinski on board to produce. The movie was a huge hit in Korea and has gained favorable ground in the States, although it never had a meaningful theatrical release.

Since it is a remake many fans are crying foul: Hollywood has no creativity, remakes are always bad, blah, blah, all the standard arguments against. Believe me, I hear you. More often than not the remakes are made by committee and studio executives sap the original stories creativity and any aspect that helped make it stand out in order to get a remake order in the first place. Funny how things like that work, isn't it? Of course, remakes are not always bad, just look at The Thing, The Ring, and Quarantine (I liked it). But for every good one, there is a Ring 2, The Grudge 2, Shutter, One Missed Call, and Shall We Dance?.

I like the work that Verbinski has turned in, with the previously mentioned Pirates films and Mouse Hunt, plus he was behind the sucessful remake of Ringu. With his positive remake experience perhaps his poducer role will help him shepherd this new take on The Host to another positive experience.

Fredrik Bond, a current commercial director who has worked with New Balance, Levi's, Absolut, and others, is on board to direct. Smart People writer Mark Poirier is lined up to handle the screenwriting duties.


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