Everyone has their list of movies that should not be remade -- whether it's an epic classic like Gone with the Wind, or a cult mainstay like Heathers. That doesn't stop filmmakers from trying, however, with some that re-imagine things and others that recreate things shot by shot and miserably fail. *cough* Psycho *cough* Now we're going into Fritz Lang territory as Variety reports that his epic science fiction film Metropolis is about to be remade. Happy 80th birthday, Metropolis, you could very well be headed for a crappy remake.

To be fair, I'm not completely against the idea, although the only way I'd want to see the possibility is if some great, unique filmmaker took it. If Guy Maddin was going to continue his silent film craze with his take on the German classic, I'd buy it. He does wonders with silent film. However, producer Thomas Schühly (Alexander) bought the remake rights, and is currently working with co-producer Mario Kassar to get a "top director" to helm the project. I imagine that means we'll get a script to accompany this version, and lots of mainstream buzz.

Schuehly says: "With the overwhelming role technology plays in our daily lives, the growing gap between rich and poor, including the gradual elimination of the middle class, the story of Metropolis is a frightening reflection of our society that takes place in an all too possible not too distant future." Why mess with it as a remake? In situations like these, I don't know why filmmakers don't take the base story, use one of those "inspired by" credits, and do something new -- so you give props to the story while also allowing it to exist on its own.

But what do you think? Can the producer behind Alexander, The Adventures of Baron Munchausen, and The Name of the Rose handle Metropolis? Oh yeah, and just to make it more exciting -- Kassar produced Basic Instinct 2.

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