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Remake News: MacGyver, It, The Bodyguard and More


MacGyver: Now you didn’t think those MacGruber skits would lead nowhere, did ya? After seeing a renewed interest in the former ABC series (thanks NBC), New Line has decided to pounce on the golden opportunity. The story about a resourceful agent (Angus MacGyver) who improvised during critical moments will now be turned into a motion picture. No casting decisions or script have been completed.

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The Bodyguard: According to the New York Daily News, Rihanna may be following the footsteps of another troubled musician. Reports are the wannabe actress is in talks to star in a reboot of The Bodyguard. In the 1992 original, Whitney Houston played a singer who requires Kevin Costner’s protection from a possible crazed fan. Channing Tatum (Step Up) is rumored to be in line for the bodyguard position.

It: As if one scary clown wasn’t enough. Nearly 20 years after the story was adapted for an ABC miniseries, It will once again come to life. Lin Pictures and Vertigo Entertainment are looking to make a present-day version of the classic Stephen King novel. Dave Kajganich (The Invasion) has been tasked with retooling the story about a sadistic creature (often seen in the form of a clown named Pennywise) who preys on young children.

Fantastic Four: Although Silver Surfer only came out two years ago, 20th Century Fox is supposedly looking to retool the franchise with an entirely new cast. According to IESB, the plan is to introduce a new set of actors via a prequel. The hope is to make the film less cheesy, yet still fun a la Iron Man. (For the record, anything that doesn’t involved Jessica Alba is usually a good thing in my book.)

Total Recall: Terminator won’t be the only Arnold Schwarzenegger film getting a second chance. The California governor’s 1990 sci fi venture is also being recalled by Columbia Pictures. In the original production, a man comes to believe his implanted memories about a dream vacation are real. That Paul Verhoeven version grossed $261 million worldwide.

RoboCop: Speaking of Verhoeven, another one of his projects is also being remade. Director Darren Aronofsky (The Wrestler) is now getting out of the ring for a little action on the streets. Although there have already been three installments in the RoboCop series, the 2010 edition is not being considered a sequel, rather a stand-alone film. The parties involved are not commenting about a possible Peter Weller cameo.

Clue: Be forewarned: Nothing from your children is being left sacred. In the past 6 months, we’ve heard about an adaptation of Monopoly, Candy Land and now this 2nd version of Clue. (The 1985 original was actually released with three different endings.) Director Gore Verbinksi (Pirates of the Caribbean) has been asked to produce the murder-mystery update for Universal.

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