Comingsoon.net is reporting that Original Films is to ‘reboot’ the 1993 Sylvester Stallone erm.. ‘classic’ Cliffhanger. “Just as they rebooted ‘Star Trek,’ we’re going to do the same with ‘Cliffhanger,'” said Neal Moritz of Original Films… Okay Neal, you need to stop right THERE! I have a couple of issues i’d like to raise here:
1. For the love of [insert deity], WHY? I mean i’m not saying Cliffhanger was a bad movie. If fact i’d go as far to say, it’s a perfectly solid 3 out of 5 action adventure film. But honestly?.. Really?.. Have Hollywood sunk so low as to be raiding the archive for second string 90’s action movies to remake? Which brings me to my second point…
2. What your doing Mr Moritz, is not a ‘reboot’… At best, it’s a sequel, at worst it’s a remake. Don’t give me this “Just as they rebooted ‘Star Trek,'” rubbish! Star Trek has 43yrs of history behind it. It has 5 tv shows, an animated series, 11 movies, numerous computer games, plus hundreds of comics, books, and audio adventures. All covering a rich and complex universe of detailed and intricate characters and worlds. You Neal, have one 113 minute slightly above average 90’s action flick. You can’t ‘reboot’ one film. You can reboot a franchise. You can reboot something with some background and history. But a 1hr and 53min Stallone action vehicle? No.
I think Neal, we’d all feel a lot better if you just came clean and admit it. May 14th 2009 – The day ‘Hollywood’ finally became completely bereft of original ideas.