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If you have a favorite movie and you'd like to see it get a modern remake, you pretty much just need to wait long enough and it will happen. Somewhere, there is now a contingent of 80's sci-fi fans who are either overjoyed or furious, as the newest film to get the remake treatment is Starman.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Shawn Levy, the director behind the Night at the Museum movies has signed on to direct the remake of the 1984 science fiction drama. The screenplay is currently being worked on by Arash Amel, who wrote the Nicole Kidman vehicle Grace of Monaco.
The original Starman starred Jeff Bridges and Karen Allen and it plays as sort of a romantic version of E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial. A space alien crash lands on earth and, in an attempt to avoid capture by government agents, clones a human body for himself from the hair of a dead man. The recent widow of said deadman is more than a little freaked out by this, as you would suspect, but eventually, the two build a relationship. While running from the government, of course.
The movie may sound a little silly, and it is, but it’s also quite good too. It probably qualifies as a "cult classic" because the film is not widely known today, having been overshadowed by countless science fiction blockbusters over the last 30 years, but it’s generally held as a solid film by those who do remember it. Coming, as it did, two years after Jeff Bridges role in Tron which is a more widely known film, Starman has been largely forgotten by time and most movie fans.
Starman was directed by John Carpenter and stands today as the only film of Carpenter’s that’s ever received an Academy Award nomination, a best actor nod for Jeff Bridges as the alien pretending to be human. The new director, Shawn Levy, may not seem like the most obvious choice for Starman, but he also directed Real Steel which combined science fiction elements into a story with a surprising amount of heart. So if he can do it all again here, we might get a fitting remake, and not the sci-fi chase movie that’d we’d otherwise expect.
Do you remember Starman? Does the prospect of a remake excite you or terrify you? Are there any movies from the 1980’s left that haven’t been remade yet? We can’t think of any.