Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Don't know much about history

According to Variety, the Los Angeles-based Harbor Light Entertainment and the Tokyo-based Lotus outfit have joined forces to produce an updated and Americanized remake of Akira Kurosawa's Rashomon. Excuse me, but didn't anyone warn these folks about how an earlier Americanized remake of this Kurosawa classic was received?

And while we're on that subject: Miramax has announced plans to produce something called Muchas Gracias, Bob Oppenheimer, reportedly a romantic comedy loosely based on a real-life 1966 incident involving the crash of a U.S. military B-52 bomber -- armed with no fewer than four hydrogen bombs -- near Palomares, Spain. Ahem. Did no one warn these people about an earlier comedy inspired by the same events?

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