For those of you who have been wanting to see what happens after Leon, aka The Professional, you'll have to keep waiting. While I wouldn't be surprised if one day Luc Besson rethinks things, as he sometimes does, for now he has no plans or interest in a sequel to the film, and Natalie Portman has now joined the team-o-disinterest. She recently spoke to MTV about the possibility, and says: "I would work with Luc Besson again, in a second, but [not on a sequel]." I can't blame her, as it's always risky business to try and match the quality of a well-loved and praised classic. But I'm betting the rationale is different for her follow-up -- that she won't be taking part in any more Star Wars either: "I spent ten years working on these films. It's time to let it continue on its own."

But that's not all the actress said. She also explained: "When something works, you don't touch it. You try to create something new that's positive." That makes sense and all, but for some reason, she only seems to apply that to sequels. As MTV brings up -- she's about to begin filming the remake Brothers, which she joined back in October. The film stars Jake Gyllenhaal and Tobey Maguire as brothers -- the latter is the marine husband of Portman, who goes off to war just as his brother, Gyllenhaal, gets released from jail. So Jake's character takes care of his brother's family, and things get sticky.

Perhaps she makes an exception when a remake is based on a foreign film, and is different from the original. She says of the project: "I did [see Brodre], but I'm not going to study it. I think it's a very different movie." Are remakes only okay if they're a lot different than the source? I would think in that case, we're not actually talking about a remake, but about an "inspired by" film. But what about you? Are you equally apprehensive or against both, or do you find yourself favoring one over the other?
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