Thursday, November 23, 2006


We've seen an awful lot of really bad TV remake movies over the past few years. Plenty of turkeys. Gobble, gobble.

We've had the Dukes of Hazzard, we had I Spy, we had Miami Vice, we had Starsky and Hutch. We had the Beverly Hillbillies, Bewitched, Charlie's Angels 1 and 2, the Brady Bunch movies, even McHale's Navy. Etcetera, etcetera, etcetera. Real junk.

But here's one remake of a TV show coming that I may actually be looking forward to seeing. Get Smart.

It has Steve Carell in the title role and you would think with his involvement that this rehash of the 60s Mel Brooks spy spoof would be a success. He should be able to channel Don Adams, no problem. But then again Will Ferrell was in Bewitched, and that flick was a total clunker. Anyway I think there will be a real appetite to see Get Smart, as long as they channel the 1960s and try and be true to that series' retro appeal. Heck, we've seen the new James Bond, and the Austin Powers movies haven't been shown in a long time, so I think people will want to see something like this. In fact people are comparing this to the Austin Powers movies already and saying that's the standard that they have to live up to, Mike Myers and Elizabeth Hurley and the rest of them. They need the same catchphrases--- and fortunately there should be plenty of those with Get Smart. "Missed it by that much!" "And... loving it!" "Sorry about that, Chief."

Anyway the good news is that shooting should finally begin on this flick in March, and they have now cast the female lead as Agent 99. It is none other than the fashionably gorgeous Anne Hathaway.

Now, I don't know how she will channel Barbara Feldon, but she seems like a good choice. After all, Ms. Feldon was a fashion model before she was 99 and Hathaway was in the fashion-oriented movie The Devil Wears Prada. Maybe she doesn't have Feldon's natural animal magnetism (Feldon did commercials for Top Brass with a stuffed tiger) but Hathaway seems to be a good fit.

I read the folks at Ain't It Cool News, though, and they wonder about the age difference between the spunky twentysomething Miss Hathaway and Steve Carell, "the 40-Year Old Virgin". They think this is going to raise the "ick" factor to a new level and I don't blame them. This isn't middle-aged Catherine Keener that Carell is seducing, it's that cute girl who played that adorable princess in the Disney movies!

Steve Carell and Anne Hathaway. Yecch. Maybe this movie won't be so great after all. Then again, no one could see why 99 was attracted to Agent 86 in the first place on the original show; 86 was a big goofball. So I don't think it matters.

One TV remake I'm glad not to see is Dallas. Apparently that whole project has fallen apart- pretty much everyone quit except John Travolta. So that project has been pushed back. But that's another case where the movie project is not likely to be on the par of the actual show. What are they going to do to top the show, kill off J.R. instead of just shoot him? Or maybe they'll show a final scene where Pam dreams the entire movie up! Who needs it.

Anyway, I don't need to see Dallas again, but I really would like to see what they do with a remake of Get Smart. That show was cool.

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