When it was announced that Sony Pictures was working on a Starman remake with director Shawn Levy at the helm, everyone thought it was a bit of an April Fool's Day joke (since the news actually came out on April 1) ... but, as it turned out, the news was real, and we now have our first details.
Shawn Levy, who directed Real Steel and Night at the Museum, will direct and produce the remake, alongside original producer Michael Douglas. While they have a solid director in Levy, what worries me is the fact that the script is being written by Arash Amel, who wrote Grace of Monaco, and (I'm talking as a huge fan of the original here) that they're going for a younger cast.
During an interview with Den of Geek about his upcoming Netflix series Stranger Things, Levy opened up about the Starman remake, confirming that the movie will have a contemporary setting:
“Starman is halfway through being written. It is fucking cool and very much the story of the original but leans into the technology and the scientific awareness that we have now, which is radically different than what we had when John Carpenter made the original film. It’s coming along very strong. It’s a movie I very much intend to make. It’s likely going to be a younger cast than the Jeff Bridges version.”
The original Starman starred Jeff Bridges (who was fantastic in the role) and Karen Allen (Raiders of the Lost Ark) as a pair of star-crossed lovers in the John Carpenter-directed movie. The sci-fi thriller nabbed a Best Actor nomination for Bridges, who played an alien stranded on Earth and who takes on the form of Allen’s character’s deceased husband. The two embark on a road trip to return him home while being pursued by the government.
So. Since Jeff Bridges was 35 and Karen Allen 33 when the movie came out in 1984, what will it mean? How much younger do you think they'll go with the new cast?
(via Den of Geek)