Hollywood is so full of pointless remakes these days that it's hard not to be disappointed to see a book you love turned into a crappy film, or a TV show you loved turned into a crappy film, or a film you loved turned into a crappy film.
But at least the world is going to have to deal with one less crappy movie remake to deal with – a proposed remake of 1984's Revenge Of The Nerds produced by Charlie's Angels director McG and some boy from The OC has suddenly been ditched at the last minute by new studio offshoot Fox Atomic. We know what you're thinking, and we agree – why couldn't this have happened to Alfie. And The Italian Job. And Bewitched. And The Wicker Man. And any Asian Horror film you've ever seen. But not the Magnum remake. That we'd like to see.
For an industry that makes so much money, it's interesting to see how little creativity Hollywood actually has. And why should it bother? If it knows it can make tens of millions of dollars by making Sarah Michelle Gellar copy another Japanese horror movie or by inexplicably thinking that people will go and see a live-action version of Mulan or by lazily fitting half-remembered childhood toys into generic explodo-busters, then why should it be expected to have a vaguely original thought once in a while?
But at least we won't have to suffer sitting through a remake of Revenge Of The Nerds any more. For some reason that we don't know since the original version of Revenge Of The Nerds isn't really that bad, new 20th Century Fox teen offshoot Fox Atomic was planning to start filming a brand new Revenge Of The Nerds remake last month. However, after a little postponing action thanks to Emory University in Atlanta deciding that it didn't really want to be associated with a ropey-looking comedy remake, the Revenge Of The Nerds remake has been well and truly axed, as E! Online reports:
The Nerds revamp was expected to begin shooting at Emory in October. But after reviewing the script, university officials balked two weeks before the intended start date, forcing producers to scramble for another location. After trying out Agnes Scott College in nearby Decatur, producers ultimately decided to scuttle the project, because the latter school lacked the wide, open space Emory's campus would have afforded them and winter was fast approaching, making the prospect of shooting the movie's many outdoor scenes problematic.
And now it's gone forever. But don't be too sad, because the Revenge Of The Nerds remake was being produced by McG from the Charlie's Angels movies and Adam Brody from The OC. And that's two completely different kinds of shit. Now, do a remake of 1985 Johnny Depp sex hotel comedy Private Resort and then we'll talk.