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Thursday, April 3, 2008

Wicker Man Sequel Gets Scrapped

I had no idea this was even supposed to be happening, but according to contactmusic.com, a planned continuation of the 1973 UK classic The Wicker Man has been cancelled due to financing difficulties.

Set to begin shooting in Scotland later this month, the planned sequel had nothing to do with Nicolas Cage's 2006 remake, a definite contender for worst movie of all time. Rather, it would seem to have been an attempt by the noble Scots to redeem their beloved property.

Local politicians are reportedly quite bummed out, having built their hopes around the idea of profiting from the publicity for the film.

While it's possible that the funding issues may be resolved, it doesn't seem likely. What a shame that an American remake can get financed, but not a legit sequel. Especially with Christopher Lee still among us, and just as sinister as ever--if not moreso.

9 comments:

Karswell said...

I didn't see the Nick Cage version but heard lots of bad about it. Maybe the axed sequel is all for the best...

B-Sol said...

Yeah, the Cage version isn't even worth a look for curiousity's sake. Awful! As for the sequel, it was planned to be a sequel to the original version, so it may actually have been worthwhile.

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Brian said...

I could never understand why they chose to remake the film in the first place. The original script was perfect for its time and setting, but dropping it into modern day America didn't seem to fit.

That and the goddamn bear suit.

B-Sol said...

No, Brian, it didn't fit at all. Unfortunately, it's all too simple why they chose to remake it--money. That's the guiding force behind this whole remake epidemic.

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gord said...

But you know what, if the films were good they WOULD make money. And at least be partially justifiable. Personally, some horror films are just ridiculously dated and could probably benefit from an 'updating'. In the world of Saw and Hostel, human sacrifice (Wicker Man), and satanists (Rosemary's Baby) don't really shock, so I can see why they're first up to be remade. I enjoy the films, in a classic sense, but there wasn't anything really unnerving or shocking about them. Though I'm not jaded by the likes of Saw and Hostel, I mean, I still can't watch The Haunting ('63) alone, and generally prefer horror films of yore.

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